Fissures in ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ over cabinet berth distribution?

The political drama in the state of Maharashtra seems to be a never-ending series. It has been more than a month and distribution of portfolios have not been decided yet and the reason is ‘infighting’ between the allies on who gets what. Right now, ‘Portfolio’ is the only worrisome factor for the government that is supposed to serve the people of their state.

43 Ministers (including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray) took oath as cabinet ministers of Maharashtra so far – six Ministers took oath along with Uddhav Thackeray on November 28 and 36 Ministers were inducted into the cabinet on December 30 . Nationalist Congress party’s Ajit Pawar, who earlier involved in an overnight coup with the Bharatiya Janata party, was sworn-in as Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s deputy. It was also evident that the other member of the ‘Thackeray clan’, Aditya Thackeray would get a place in the cabinet.

Now comes the issue of cabinet berth distribution. Shiv Sena, who has 15 Ministers in their cabinet, got the cabinet berths of agriculture, home, urban development, water, transport, state road development, higher and technical education, general administration and industry.

Congress who have 12 Ministers in the Maharshtra cabinet have been given the departments of PWD, woman and child development, power school, medical education, revenue and tribal development. 16 NCP Ministers have been allocated labour, finance and planning social justice, cooperative, rural development, irrigation, food and civil supplies, excise, housing and minorities.

But here are the demands of our lawmakers – media reports suggest that former Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan wants the department of ‘Revenue’, Sharad Pawar’s nephew and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar wanted department of home but most probably, will get department of finance.

Now, with their new issue of berth distribution, it remains to be seen how long will this trio (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) take to function the government. Considering the fact that there are massive contrast when it comes to ideologies of the political parties, will the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP figure out a solution and work it out? Or will the disbalance create fissures within the newly born alliance?


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