Written By: Aashish Vashistha
August 4, 2022 (New Delhi): Maharashtra newly elected CM, Eknath Shinde is unwell and skipped his trip. As per sources, the Chief Minister is suffering from over- exertion and has been advised rest by his doctors. Mr Shinde has cancelled all his programmes after the doctors’ recommendation, sources said. Soon after Mr. Shinde and Fadnavis took oath, cabinet expansion is still pending.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is on way to Delhi to confer with the BJP leadership about the final list for the state cabinet, which needs urgent decision with the assembly session due to begin later this month. Cabinet expansion has been pending since June 30, when Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Mr Fadnavis took oath. If signed off by the BJP’s central leaders, the Cabinet expansion might happen tomorrow, sources said.
Earlier, Eknath Shinde and Mr. Fadnavis had visited Delhi last on July 27, with a draft of the cabinet list. But no decision could be taken, with too many aspirants for the maximum 43 seats in the cabinet including the Chief Minister. There are many Shiv Sena leaders who supported Mr. Shinde during his two-week rebellion and helped topple the Uddhav Thackeray government, expect to be rewarded. So does the BJP for its behind-the screen role in making the government in Maharashtra taking Shinde as a protagonist.