On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his Cabinet by inducting 35 ministers including his son Aditya,
On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his Cabinet by inducting 35 ministers including his son Aditya, compriposing 25 of Cabinet and 10 of Minister of State rank. With the expansion, the Cabinet size has gone up to 43, the maximum for 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.
Aditya Thackeray has been made a Cabinet minister along with other Maha Vikas Aghadi heavy weights like former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, ex-Leader of Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde, ex-Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil, and NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik. The Cabinet has three women: NCPa's Aditi Tatkare (MoS) and Congress'' Varsha Gaikwad and Yashomati Thakur, both Cabinet rank - though the Sena has no woman nominee.
While senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan made it to the State Cabinet, another former Chief Minister and senior party leader Prithviraj Chavan - who was re-elected to the State Assembly from Karad (south) constituency in western Maharashtra in the 2019 polls did not find a berth in the Uddhav Cabinet. It is quite likely that the Congress high command may entrust him with a senior party post or use his experience elsewhere.
Aaditya's induction took not only Sainiks but also the NCP and the congress by surprise like no other chief minister in the state had earlier inducted his son or daughter into the state cabinet, though such precedents exist in other states such as Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
Many hopefuls within the Sena found their names missing including Sunil Raut, brother of Sena MP Sanjay Raut, Ashish Jaiswal, Sanjay Shirsat, Ravindra Waikar, Tanaji Sawant.