Maharashtra: 13 Ministers Inducted in Major Reshuffle, Six Resign From State Cabinet

Mumbai, June 16 In a major cabinet reshuffle, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday reshuffled his cabinet by inducting 13 ministers as 6 ministers resigned from the state cabinet today.

State Ministers who resigned from the cabinet are – Rajkumar Badole, Prakash Mehta, Vishnu Savara, Dilip Kamble, Pravin Pote and Ambrishrao Atram.

With an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections in four months, Fadnavis included 10 ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from Shiv Sena and one from ally the Republican Party of India (A) (RPI-A).

As expected, former Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the state Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joined as a Minister, and another long-time contender Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar was also inducted.

All the ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C.V. Rao at a function in Raj Bhavan.

Besides Vikhe-Patil and Shelar, the other Cabinet rank Ministers who were sworn-in are: Sanjay Kute, Suresh Khade, Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike and Tanaji Sawant (all BJP), and Jaydutt Kshirsagar (Shiv Sena).

Five legislators were inducted as Ministers of State — Yogesh Sagar, Sanjay Bhegde, Parinay Fuke (all BJP), Atul Save (Shiv Sena) and Avinash Mahatakear (RPI-A).

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