Balasaheb Thorat dismissed rumours of unrest in the Congress over allocation of portfolios. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Maharashtra minister and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said party MLA Sangram Thopte, who was miffed at not getting a ministerial berth, has been pacified and assured that he will get his due. Thorat also dismissed rumours of unrest in the Congress over allocation of portfolios. “I spoke to Sangram Thopte last night. The Congress is a family and he will get his due,” he said.
“Since we are part of a three-party government, we got less ministerial berths,” the Congress leader said. Some supporters of Thopte, who is the Congress MLA from Bhor, on Tuesday attacked the party office in Pune to protest against his non-inclusion in the state ministry.
The police late Tuesday night arrested 19 supporters of Thopte and later released them on bail.
Thorat also dismissed rumours of unrest in the party over portfolio allocation.
“Discussions are on and the allocation of portfolios is expected today,” he said.
Interestingly, former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, and three-time MLA and daughter of former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Praniti Shinde, have been dropped from the cabinet expansion in the state.
Earlier, Mallikarjun Kharge had said that portfolio allocation would be discussed in a meeting between Congress’ Legislative Party leader and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his month-old ministry on Monday by inducting 36 ministers, taking its total strength to 43.
Following the expansion, the NCP now has 12 Cabinet ministers and four ministers of state, the Shiv Sena has 10 Cabinet ministers and four MoS, while the Congress has 10 Cabinet ministers and two MoS in the Thackeray-led government.
The Shiv Sena, led by Thackeray, 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.