Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scored the big ministries of Home and Finance as cabinet roles were handed out in Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s government, seven weeks after he took oath, displacing Uddhav Thackeray.
Mr Shinde, who expanded his two-member cabinet on Tuesday by inducting 18 ministers, has kept the Urban Development portfolio with himself.
A statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said Mr Fadnavis will also handle the Planning ministry, and BJP minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil will be the new Revenue minister.
BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has been made the Forest minister, a portfolio he handled earlier.
Former state BJP president Chandrakant Patil is the new minister for higher and technical education, He will also look after parliamentary affairs.
From the Eknath Shinde camp of Shiv Sena rebels, Deepak Kesarkar is the new minister for school education, while Abdul Sattar has been given the Agriculture portfolio.
Uddhav Thackeray was forced to quit as Chief Minister after Eknath Shinde, a senior leader from his party, the Shiv Sena, instigated a huge revolt in partnership with the BJP. Eknath Shinde was rewarded by the BJP with the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister