Avinash Mahtekar, senior Republican Party of India Lawmaker will be administrated oath by Maharashtra State Governor tomorrow as a part of Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion.
Induction of RPL MLA in Devendra Fadnavis’s State cabinet comes days after State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungatiwar said that the small allies will be given full importance in the cabinet expansion of the state.
#Maharashtra: Senior Republican Party of India leader, Avinash Mahtekar
to take oath as A minister in Maharashtra government's cabinet expansion tomorrow.
— ANI (@ANI) June 15, 2019
His statement came at times amid reports of possible rift within Shiv Sena BJP Alliance over portfolio allocation and Chief Minister post in Maharashtra.
The Minister added that as per the directions of our national President Amit Shah, BJP will help its small allies on their respective seats in the state polls slated for October-November later this year.
He had earlier said that next Chief Minister in Maharashtra will from Bharatiya Janata Party and cabinet ministers will be from its allies.
At present, Maharashtra Cabinet has 37 ministers including the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. It has a vacancy of 5 ministers.
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In the state cabinet led by CM Devendra Fadnavis, the BJP has 16 cabinet ministers and 7 ministers of state (MoS), while Shiv Sena has five cabinet ministers and only one MoS. Other smaller allies have one cabinet and MoS post each.
In the recently held national polls, Bharatiya Janata Party along with its ally Shiv Sena swept Maharashtra by bagging 41 seats out of the total 48 Lok Sabha Seats on the state.
NCP–Congress alliance faced a humiliating defeat by the BJP–Shiv Sena combine. In the state that sends 48 MPs to the Lok Sabha Polls, NCP-Congress could only bag 5 Lok Sabha Seats with NCP winning 4 seats while one seat won by the Indian National Congress.