Portfolios assigned in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis Keeps Home, Urban Development and Health

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Portfolios assigned in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis Keeps Home, Urban Development and Health

CM Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in on Friday along with a mini cabinet of nine ministers.


Mumbai:  Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who heads a minority government, allocated portfolios to his mini cabinet of nine ministers on Sunday. The Chief Minister will be handling the key portfolios of home, urban development, housing and health.

His seniormost colleague Eknath Khadse will be in charge of Revenue, Minorities Development, Wakf, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries and Excise departments. Mr Khadse was also in the race for the Chief Minister's post but was ultimately pacified with the assurance of portfolios of his choice.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, who hails from Vidarbha like the Chief Minister, will be in charge of Finance and Planning and Forests, while Vinod Tawade has been given School Education & Sports, Higher and Technical Education, Medical Education, Marathi Bhasha and Cultural Affairs.

Prakash Mehta will handle the Industries & Mining and Parliamentary Affairs portfolios.

The Public Works department - including Public Undertakings - Co-Operation, Marketing & Textiles have gone to Chandrakant Patil.

Pankaja Munde will be in charge of Rural Development and Water Conservation and the Women and Child Development ministries. Her late father Gopinath Munde once held the same portfolio at the Centre. (Read: Huge Applause as Pankaja Munde Takes Oath as Maharashtra Minister)

Vishnu Savara will be in charge of Tribal Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance departments; Dilip Kamble - Tribal Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance departments and Vidya Thakur - Rural Development, Water Conservation and Women & Child Development ministries.

On Friday, Mr Fadnavis, the BJP's first Maharashtra chief minister, was sworn in along with a team of nine ministers - seven of them cabinet ministers - in Mumbai's Wangkhede Stadium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the event. (Read: Devendra Fadnavis Takes Oath at BJP's Friday Blockbuster)

Mr Fadnavis has made it clear that till the vote of confidence is held in the second week of November, there will be no further expansion of the cabinet.

In an interview to NDTV today, Mr Fadnavis said he had "Zero tolerance" for corruption. "The government will probe irrigation and Adarsh scams on merit, (there is) no political vendetta," he said. (Read: I Can't Play Political Games: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis)

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