The expansion of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's cabinet is scheduled to take place on Monday (December 30) and sources claimed that Shiv Sena MLA from Worli Aaditya Thackeray is also set to take oath as minister on Monday. Aaditya is likely to get either the Ministry of Higher Education or Ministry of Environment.
Sources claimed that a total of 34 ministers - including those of Cabinet Minister and Minister of State ranks - will be administered oath of office and secrecy by Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari at 1 PM in the Maharashtra Legislature precinct. All eyes will be on NCP leader Ajit Pawar as he will be sworn-in as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has confirmed that 24 cabinet ministers and 10 Ministers of State will take oath on Monday. The leaders who will take oath as Cabinet ministers are: Ashok Chavan, Dilip Wase Patil, Dhananjay Munde, Vijay Waddettiiwar, Anil Deshmukh, Hasan Mushrif, Varsha Gaikwad, Rajendra Shingane, Nawab Malik, Rajesh Tope, Sunil Kedar, Sanjay Rathod, Gulab Patil, Anil Deshmukh, Dada Bhuse, Jitendra Awhad, Sandeep Bhumare, Balasaheb Patil, Yashomati Thakur, Anil Parab, Uday Samant, K C Padvi, Aslam Shaikh and Aaditya Thackeray.
The leaders who will be sworn in as Minister of State are Abdul Sattar, Bunty Patil, Shabhuraje Desai, Bachchu Kadu, Vishwajit Kadam, Dattaraye Bharne, Aditi Tatkare, Sanjay Bansode, Prajakt Tanpure and Rajendra Patil Pedrawarkar.
It may be recalled that Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut of the Congress, Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai of the Shiv Sena and Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP took oath along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on November 28. As per the power-sharing formula agreement finalised by Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP, the Shiv Sena would have 16 ministers (apart from chief minister), NCP 14 and the Congress 12.