Maharashtra: Shiv Sena Lawmaker Abdul Sattar Appointed MoS Revenue, Rural Development (Photo Credit: File Photo)
In Maharashtra, the suspense over the resignation of Shiv Sena’s Abdul Sattar has finally come to an end as the lawmaker himself announced that he has not quit the party. In the meantime, the portfolios have been allocated to all the cabinet as well as state ministers in CM Uddhav Thackeray-led government. What comes here as a surprise is Abdul Sattar’s portfolio. Minister of State Abdul Sattar will be looking after the revenue and rural development in the Maharashtra government.
It is to be noted that as many as 35 lawmakers including NCP’s Ajit Pawar, Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray and Abdul Sattar were inducted in Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led cabinet on December 30, 2019. Earlier, six ministers have taken the oath with CM Uddhav Thackeray.
It is worth mentioning here that Sharad Pawar-led NCP is seen as the biggest winner in the portfolio allocation. NCP has bagged not only Finance but Home Ministry also. Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar has been allocated the finance ministry. NCP's Anil Deshmukh and Dilip Walse Patil have been allotted the Ministry of Home Affairs and Excise, respectively. Jayant Patil will take charge of the irrigation ministry. Chhagan Bhujbal has been given the Food and Civil Supplies ministry. Former Congress chief minister Ashok Chavan has been allocated the PWD ministry. Balasaheb Thorat will take charge of the Revenue ministry.
From Congress, the biggest surprise is the ministry allocated to Ashok Chavan. He has been allocated the PWD ministry. In 2017, the former Maharashtra chief minister was acquitted in the Adarsh housing scam. Chavan had got relief after the Bombay High Court rejected the then Governor's sanction to prosecute him. Yashomati Chandrakant Thakur has been allocated to the women welfare ministry. Kagda Chandya Padvi will be heading the tribal ministry.
Chief Minister Thackeray will keep General Admin Department and other portfolios not allocated to any other ministers. Senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will take charge of Urban Development ministry, while Aditya Thackeray has been allotted the Tourism and Environment department.