Monday (December 30): The much-awaited cabinet expansion of Thackeray government happened today. Twenty-six Cabinet ministers and 10 ministers of state (MoS) were sworn in, in addition to the six who had already took oath along with Uddhav Thackeray on November 28.
With this move, NCP leads in the number of ministerial berths — 12 Cabinet ministers and four MoS. The Shiv Sena has 10 Cabinet ministers and four MoS, while the Congress has 10 Cabinet ministers and two MoS.
Here is the complete party-wise list of ministers who took oath on December 30.
Cabinet ministers: Aaditya Thackeray, Anil Parab, Uday Samant, Sanjay Rathod, Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Sandipan Bhumre, Shankarao Gadakh (Krantikari Shetkari Paksh, ally of Sena),
MoS: Abdul Sattar, Shambhuraj Desai.
MoS: Independent MLAs Bachhu Kadu, Rajendra Patil Yedravkar (Sena supporters).
Cabinet ministers: Ajit Pawar (Deputy CM), Dilip Walse Patil, Dhananjay Munde, Anil Deshmukh, Hassan Mushrif, Rajendra Shingne, Nawab Malik, Rajesh Tope, Balasaheb Patil, Jitendra Awhad.
MoS: Aditi Tatkare, Sanjay Bansode, Prajakta Tanpure, Dattatray Bharne
Cabinet ministers: Ashok Chavan, Vijay Vadettiwar, Varsha Gaikwad, Sunil Kedar, Amit Deshmukh,Yashomati Thakur, Aslam Shaikh, KC Padvi
MoS: Satej Patil, Vishwajeet Kadam
Those who took oath along with Uddhav Thackeray on November 28 are Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena), Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena), Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP), Jayant Patil (NCP), Nitin Raut (Congress), Balasaheb Thorat (Congress).