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Eknath Shinde in Delhi, may hold talks with BJP bigwigs on Maharashtra cabinet expansion

Amid discussions about cabinet expansion in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is in the national capital, where he will attend the NITI Aayog meeting on Sunday.

Even as Shinde maintained that he is visiting the national capital to attend the NITI Aayog meeting, sources told IANS that Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis may discuss cabinet expansion with the bigwigs of the saffron party.

More than 35 days have passed since Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took the oath of office but the cabinet is yet to be expanded.

Speculations are rife that a list of ministers has been prepared and the of BJP high command’s approval is awaited for allotting departments.

On June 30, rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena under the leadership of Shinde formed government with BJP’s support. However, they are they are under constant attack by opposition parties over non-expansion of the cabinet till now.

Issue of membership of rebel MLAs is also pending in the Supreme Court. It is being said that the new cabinet can be formed before August 15.

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