Maharashtra's Chavan ministry likely to be expanded on Thursday
Moneylife Digital Team 28 May 2014
NCP's Suryakanta Patil and Jitendra Awhad or Sharad Gavit from SP and Amit Deshmukh, Kalyan Kale and Rohidas Patil from Congress are likely to get ministerial berths in the last expansion before assembly elections
 
The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ministry in Maharashtra will be expanded on Thursday, say media reports. The swearing-in is scheduled at 10am at Raj Bhavan.
 
The expansion comes after a meeting between Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, in the wake of the drubbing the ruling alliance suffered in the Lok Sabha polls.
 
The poll results saw Congress getting its lowest tally of just two of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
 
With the sacking of state Medical Education Minister Vijaykumar Gavit, one Cabinet rank of NCP is vacant. Besides, the term of Minister of State for Education, Health and Culture Fouzia Khan as MLC has ended. There had been complaints against her for non-cooperation with official NCP candidate in Parbhani during the recent Lok Sabha polls.
 
The reports said senior NCP leader Suryakanta Patil is in race to fill in the Cabinet post while state NCP working president Jitendra Awhad and Sharad Gavit, Samajwadi Party MLA and brother of Vijaykumar Gavit, are in race to replace Fouzia Khan.
 
Meanwhile, legislators Amit Deshmukh, son of former Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kalyan Kale and senior leader Rohidas Patil are among the probables from the Congress, which has three ministerial berths vacant, including one Cabinet.
 
The Assembly elections in Maharashtra are due later this year. 
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