Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government was unable to reach a consensus on portfolio allocation even after a marathon meetings with allies . CM also need to decide the appointment of guardian ministers for each district .
Congress leader Ashok Chavan said his party had conveyed its stand about portfolio allocation to the Maharashtra chief minister at the meeting attended by him, Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, NCP’s Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde and others.
The Congress, which has got 12 berths in the state government, wants two additional departments related to rural areas. “We gave our proposal to the CM. He will take a call,” Chavan
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said “The decision on portfolio allocation has been made. Who will get what, it has been decided. I think the chief minister will declare it on Friday,”
Four days after the expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet, the Thackeray government is reportedly struggling with the issue of portfolio allocation as squabbles within the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi haven’t yet been resolved. To make matters worse, internal dissent within the constituents of the MVA has exposed the fissures in the alliance.
A senior leader confirmed t that the infighting within the Congress party has led to the delay in the portfolio announcement. On Monday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inducted a total of 36 ministers in his one-month-old coalition government comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress.
The Maharashtra Cabinet expansion has reportedly broken a rift between a faction of Congress over the allocation of portfolios in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government, with senior party leaders feeling that the loyalists are being ignored at the time when they deserve an opportunity.
Discontent between the Congress party has also surfaced between Maharashtra cabinet minister Ashok Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat with both senior leaders reportedly demanding the Revenue and PWD portfolio. Sources further informed that Nitin Raut and Vijay Wadettiwar have placed their demand for the PWD portfolio. Sources said party leader Rahul Gandhi also suggested that Cong should bet for agriculture or rural development department which is now with Ncp.