Vinod Jagdale, Mumbai: In Maharashtra, while the date is coming out on a daily basis regarding the expansion of the cabinet, similarly the tug-of-war is coming to the fore in the Shinde faction to get a ministerial post. Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam, who came out in support of CM Eknath Shinde, wants to become a cabinet minister in the new government. He has also put his wish in front of the CM. However, most of the Shiv Sena MLAs who came out in support of Shinde do not want to see Ramdas Kadam become a minister. There is anger among the MLAs of Shinde faction due to Ramdas Kadam’s name coming in the race for minister.
Posts were few, but ministers were stepping in
Shiv Sena, which was in power with the BJP between 2014 and 2019, had made Subhash Desai, Ramdas Kadam, Diwakar Raote and Dr Deepak Sawant all members of the Legislative Council as cabinet ministers, despite the reduction of ministerial ranks in the alliance. Then more than 50 Shiv Sena MLAs raised their voice against it. However, one of them did not go in front of Uddhav.
At the same time, in 2019, when Mahavikas Aghadi was used, Uddhav Thackeray became the CM. Uddhav then defeated the hopes of the Shiv Sena’s Legislative Assembly members by appointing members of the Legislative Council Subhash Desai and Anil Parab as cabinet ministers, hoping to become ministers.
Kadam’s son also revolted
Yogesh Kadam, son of Ramdas Kadam, is one of the 41 MLAs who rebelled against Shiv Sena. Ramdas knows that if his son has become an MLA for the first time, then the chances of becoming a minister are negligible. In such a situation, Ramdas Kadam has the hope of becoming a minister himself. The MLAs of the Shinde faction say that Shiv Sena has actually been hurt more by the MLAs of the Legislative Council after becoming ministers. Also, if the winning MLA from the Vidhan Sabha gets 1.5 lakh to three lakh votes, then he should be made a minister and not the members of the Legislative Council.
Actually, if Ramdas Kadam becomes a minister, he will have to be a member of the Legislative Council in the next 6 months. It is clear that Ramdas Kadam will become a minister and also a member of the Legislative Council and the MLAs of the Shinde faction do not like this.