Maharashtra's New Faces in Modi 3.0 Cabinet: BJP Leads, NCP Holds Out

Six MPs from Maharashtra join the Modi 3.0 coalition government, with BJP securing four berths and allies Shiv Sena and RPI (A) getting one each. The NCP, led by Ajit Pawar, declined a Minister of State role, insisting on a cabinet berth for Praful Patel.


PTI | Mumbai | Updated: 10-06-2024 08:34 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 08:34 IST
Maharashtra's New Faces in Modi 3.0 Cabinet: BJP Leads, NCP Holds Out
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Six MPs from Maharashtra have been inducted into the Modi 3.0 coalition government, with the BJP securing four seats and allies Shiv Sena and RPI (A) obtaining one each.

Notably, the NCP, led by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, declined the BJP's offer of a Minister of State (MoS) role with independent charge, insisting instead on a cabinet berth for Praful Patel, a seasoned Rajya Sabha member.

The previous Modi government, from 2019-24, included eight ministers from Maharashtra affiliated with the BJP and its allies. However, the total number has now diminished to six.

In the new cabinet, BJP MPs Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal have retained their cabinet minister positions. Raksha Khadse, BJP's sole female representative from Maharashtra, and first-time MP Murlidhar Mohol were sworn in as Ministers of State.

Among BJP's allies, RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale retained his MoS position with independent charge, while Prataprao Jadhav from the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde also took oath as an MoS with independent charge.

The NCP declined the MoS offer, demanding a cabinet berth for Praful Patel, emphasizing his extensive experience. Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis assured that coalition protocols would be honored and the NCP would be considered for future cabinet expansions.

Fadnavis stated, "We had offered an MoS position to the NCP but they were adamant on finalizing Praful Patel's name for a cabinet berth due to his experience." He continued, "In a coalition government, a formula must be adhered to and cannot be altered for one party."

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Ajit Pawar emphasized that the NCP is willing to wait but remains firm on securing a cabinet berth.

The Modi government from 2019-24 featured eight ministers from Maharashtra, including notable figures like Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, and Ramdas Athawale. However, the BJP's performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections was underwhelming, winning only nine out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, compared to 23 in the previous election.

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