Mumbai : The principal ally of the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP and Congress, the Sena is all set to retain the home department.
It was said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray pushed for the demand of the home department rather than urban development in a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar which lasted for over an hour. The meeting was attended by Shiv Sena leaders–Sanjay Raut, Eknath Shinde, Subash Desai–NCP legislative party leader Jayant Patil and NCP loyalist Ajit Pawar.
According to available information, the Sena, in the course of time, has realised the importance of the home department and hence wishes to retain control over the same.
This would be the first time ever that Shiv Sena will control the home department.
However, then the party has to part ways with the urban development department, which the Sena had been demanding from day 1 of negotiations. It is to be noted that the portfolio allocation has remained a contentious issue among the allies Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress for a long time and deliberations on the allocation of various portfolios are still on.
It was said that the expansion of the council of ministers is slated to be held after the winter session of the state legislature, beginning at Nagpur from December 16.