Prithviraj Chavan may opt for almost 50% new faces

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is likely to induct new faces in his day-old ministry, with Congress sources expecting that half of them could be from their party.

Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 19:00 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
is likely to induct new faces in his day-old ministry, with
Congress sources expecting that half of them could be from
their party.

"Going by his reputation and his announcement of
having a team with clean image, there are indications that
several of the 23 Congress ministers in the Ashok Chavan
regime will be dropped," sources said.
Congress had 23 ministers and ally NCP 20 members in
the outgoing 43-member ministry. Ten NCP ministers, including
deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, were sworn in along with
Chavan yesterday.

However, no other Congress minister took oath, leading
to speculations about a major overhaul of the ministry.

Chavan is expected to leave for Delhi hold discussions
on formation of the Congress ministerial list, they said.

That the former Union Minister of State for Science
and Technology, chose not to include even stalwarts like
Narayan Rane and Patangrao Kadam in yesterday`s ceremony is an
indication that the Congress list, which may include these two
leaders, may throw many a surprise, the sources said.
The sources said inclusion of more ministers and also
portfolio allocation would be completed in the next couple of
days.

PTI