Saturday 9 July 2016

CM Devendra Fadnavis expands ministry, 11 sworn in, Uddhav Thackeray skips ceremony

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today expanded his council of ministers by inducting 10 new faces and and elevating BJP's Ram Shinde to Cabinet rank, leaving the bickering ally Shiv Sena to settle for two additional Ministers of State. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray skipped the swearing-in ceremony. The exercise, which reflected 45-year-old Fadnavis tightening his hold on
the first ever BJP-led regime in the state, raised the strength of the ministry to 41, of which 27 are from the BJP, 12 from Shiv Sena and two from minor partners like Rashtriya Samaj Party and Swabhimani Party. Six legislators were today sworn-in as Cabinet ministers, including Shinde who was earlier MoS (Home), while two from the Sena took oath as Ministers of State at the ceremony held at Vidhan Bhawan here. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers.

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