BJP, who handed over the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra to Eknath Shinde, ensured that a particular portfolio would remain with her. Devendra Banhartavis, who took office as Deputy Prime Minister under Cinde on Thursday, is tasked with supporting the party’s interests in the state and government.
BJP insiders admit that no one knew that Cinde would be a new commercial until the event took place. “It shocked all heads of state. Until two days ago, I expected Fadnabis to be a commercial, but after Sakkai appealed to the rebel MLA and proposed to take over as a commercial. The decision seems to have been changed by the central leadership. That was a turning point, “said the leader.
“Power Sharing officials and agreements were finalized by Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, who has overseen the Sind rebellion from the beginning. The Eknath-Shinde faction could win 15 ministerial positions. BJP is given a major portfolio of housing, finance, agriculture, revenue, people with disabilities, school education, environment, etc. Maintaining these portfolios ensures that BJP has development-related work. We want to be in control. In fact, one of the government’s first decisions is to overturn Suckerley’s decision to build an early subway, which clearly shows the BJP’s currency.
During the BJP-Sena administration in 2014, junior partners received 12 portfolios, none of which caused great resentment to Shiv Sena, not the main portfolio. This time, Eknath Shinde is in a better bargaining position, BJP leaders say.
The Home Office could be the backbone of the battle between BJP and the Cinde camp. Fadnavis held his government department for five years and was in full command of the police. It remains to be seen whether Cinde, who recently had CMUddhav Thackay cancel the transfer of certain senior Thane police officers, agrees to hand over the housing portfolio to the BJP.
“Of the 50 MLAS rebels in Cinde, nine were ministers of the MVA government. Has six Senna ministers. Cinde needs to put them all in his cabinet, except to introduce some new faces to avoid dissatisfaction, that is, he is the minister of state. You need to acquire at least 15 departments, including the Maharastra State Cabinet, which has 43 beds, including CMs. Unlike the UDdhav Thackeray, which did not have a portfolio, Shinde is likely to monopolize the urban development sector, “said another BJP leader,
. Cinde and Fadnabis will meet with BJP’s Supreme Leader in Delhi later next week to finalize the shape and size of the cabinet. “Most of the decisions related to’operations’ were made by the leader based in Delhi. Even the power-sharing agreement was finalized by leaders in consultation with Fadnabis,” he said.