Last update: August 02, 2022, 22:43 IST
A spokesperson from the Shinde camp said on Tuesday that the expansion of the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra cabinet is expected in the next four days.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Shinde himself had said that it would happen “soon”. Currently, Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, both sworn in on June 30, are the only cabinet members.
Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction spokesman Deepak Kesarkar told reporters that “the Maharashtra cabinet is likely to be expanded in the next four days.” “This is what I have been told by senior leaders of the alliance. We need to complete the expansion process so that ministers can take briefings and face the upcoming monsoon session of the Assembly,” he said.
The monsoon session of the state legislature was scheduled to begin on July 18, but was postponed after Shinde toppled the Uddhav Thackeray-led government and became the chief minister with the support of the BJP. Thackeray-led Sena and Congress and Nationalist Congress Party are questioning the delay in cabinet expansion.
“We will expand our cabinet soon. The government is functioning efficiently despite the lack of cabinet expansion. We have taken several decisions which are people-oriented,” Shinde told reporters in Pune.
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