Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar slams CM Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis over delay in cabinet expansion

Times of India | 3 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 06:59 am

Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar slams CM Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis over delay in cabinet expansion

PUNE: The leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Ajit Pawar, on Saturday slammed the new government for the delay in cabinet expansion despite several problems in the state over the last one month. Ajit Pawar said chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had been saying the expansion would happen soon, but nothing materialised yet. "It is clear that the expansion will take place only after a signal from Delhi. Nothing is in their hands," he said. Shinde and Fadnavis are on a two-day Delhi tour from Saturday. Talks on the cabinet expansion is likely during their visit to the national capital. Ajit Pawar, the former deputy chief minister of the MVA-led state government said the decisions in Congress and Shiv Sena used to happen in Maharashtra, and not in Delhi. He said there was a need for introspection if only two of them could handle the issues the state had been facing. Lack of a cabinet had been hampering daily functioning, Ajit Pawar said while speaking at a function after inaugurating an office of youth wing of NCP. Ajit Pawar said, "Many parts of the state have experienced huge damages due to excess rainfall and flooding. Farmers have witnessed losses and they want attention. There are issues pertaining to law and order. Students and their parents are facing hurdles in the procedures of admission to educational courses. Who will take decisions on these issues in the absence of ministers?" He said, "Lack of ministers and guardian ministers has been hampering daily functioning of the administration. Appointment of ministers is necessary to maintain a command on the administration. An assembly session should be convened immediately to discuss the issues the state is facing." Ajit Pawar said, "For one month, there is no guardian minister for Pune. During our tenure of two-and-a-half years, I took many decisions as the guardian minister with a vision for the next 50 years. Funds were allotted for the projects like ring road, Metro and flyover to improve the transportation facilities." He told the party workers to stay alert for the municipal elections. He said there were talks that the civic polls would be postponed to 2023, while some were saying it could happen after monsoon. "Let the polls take place at any time, NCP workers should not stay behind. The workers should be ready," Ajit Pawar said. The Shinde government came to power in the state after a high-voltage drama. The Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government had then won the floor test in the state assembly. Shinde officially took charge of his post at the State secretariat Mantralaya on July 7. A puja was held at the decorated office of the chief minister before Shinde took charge.

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