The news came amid speculation about Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's cabinet expansion that he may expand his cabinet before August 15. During this, there was also speculation that the formation of the government was stuck due to the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court.
However, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rejected this outright. The Deputy Chief Minister, who came to Delhi on Sunday, said that there is no connection between the Supreme Court's decision and the cabinet expansion.
According to reliable sources, the list of names of Shinde faction of BJP and Shiv Sena has been finalized for cabinet expansion. According to sources, 8 ministers of BJP and 7 ministers of Shinde faction will take oath. The entry of Fadnavis supporters like Praveen Darekar, Girish Mahajan, Ravindra Chavan in the cabinet from BJP has been approved by the central leadership in Delhi.
Apart from this, former BJP ministers like Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Chandrakant Patil and Sudhir Mungantiwar are also going to take oath. On the other hand, Deepak Kesarkar, Uday Samant, Gulabrao Patil, Abdul Sattar and Bachchu Kadu are leading the race to become ministers from the Shinde faction, the cabinet ministers who resigned from the Uddhav government.
CM Eknath Shinde also gave a big statement on cabinet expansion. On Saturday, Chief Minister Shinde had said that the work of the state government has not been affected in any way due to the delay in the expansion of the Council of Ministers. More ministers will be inducted soon. The Chief Minister had said that the work of the government has not been affected in any way. The decision making process has not been affected. I and the Deputy Chief Minister have been taking decisions and there has been no impact on the functioning of the government.