Shiv Sena admits to tussle among allies for Cabinet berths

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 02, 2020 Published on January 02, 2020

File photo of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray   -  PTI

There were some sparks of disappointment from those who could not make the cut, an editorial in Saamana said.

The Shiv Sena on Thursday admitted that there was a tussle among senior leaders of the three ruling alliance parties in Maharashtra for key Cabinet berths, and said that some MLAs could not be inducted as ministers because the list of “probables” was huge.

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It also took a dim view of some people vandalising the Congress office in Pune to protest against non-inclusion of party MLA Sangram Thopte in the Cabinet.

The Congress used to call Shiv Sena’s protests as ‘rada culture’ (hooliganism), but what Thopte’s alleged supporters did was exactly the same, it said. This does not suit the “Congress culture”, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his month-old ministry on Monday by inducting 36 ministers.

“The Cabinet expansion was, indeed, delayed, but it finally happened. There were some sparks of disappointment from those who could not make the cut, but the list of probables was huge,” the Shiv Sena said. It said the opposition (BJP) may be “bubbling” over such developments, but even the previous Devendra Fadnavis government was no exception to such discontent during its Cabinet expansions.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also said it kept its word by inducting three Independents, who extended support to the Shiv Sena, unlike the Congress and NCP. “A strong and experienced Cabinet is in power, it should be allowed to function,” the Sena said.

No promises

On Shiv Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav expressing “shock” over his exclusion from the ministry, the Marathi daily said Cabinet berth was “not promised” to anyone, including Jadhav, who joined the Thackeray-led party after quitting the NCP.

“Jadhav claimed Thackeray promised to make him Cabinet minister. As per our information, no such promise was made to him. Thackeray must have asked him to join the Shiv Sena ahead of the Assembly polls and be part of the government,” it said.

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The Shiv Sena joined hands with the Congress and NCP, its traditional adversaries, after its alliance with the BJP collapsed over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post following the state Assembly polls held in October last year.

Noting that there was a tussle over portfolio distribution, the Shiv Sena said senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, who has been inducted into the state Cabinet, needs a Ministry like Revenue, but the Ministry is currently with another Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat, it pointed out.

Another Congress hopeful was three-time MLA Praniti Shinde, whose supporter wrote a letter in blood to party chief Sonia Gandhi, claiming that Shinde and her father worked hard for the party and always remained loyal to the leadership.

Praniti Shinde, the MLA from Solapur, is the daughter of veteran Congressman and former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. “Her father could become Chief Minister and Union Home Minister because of the Gandhi family and the Congress,” the Sena claimed.

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Published on January 02, 2020
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