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Maharashtra Cabinet expansion updates: 18 MLAs of BJP, Shinde camp take oath as ministers

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Mumbai, Aug 09: The much-awaited Maharashtra cabinet led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has been expanded on Tuesday, more than five weeks after the new government was sworn in on June 30 this year. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to 18 MLAs as Maharashtra minister today.

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Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion Updates:

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3:17 PM, 9 Aug
Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated 18 MLAs of Shiv Sena and BJP who took oath as ministers and called it “a great team”. “Congratulations to all those who took oath as ministers in Maharashtra government today. It is a great team of people with administrative experience and a passion for good governance. I wish them all the best in serving the people of the state”, tweeted PM Modi.
3:13 PM, 9 Aug
Maharashtra was the first state in the country to give reservation for women. Unfortunate that there're 18 ministers in state Cabinet, when 50% of the population in the country is of women but they're not represented in this cabinet. It shows BJP's mindset: NCP MP Supriya Sule
12:47 PM, 9 Aug
Cabinet expansion took place today. Starting today, they will work full-fledged & take up the responsibility of their respective depts. The rest of the cabinet still remains (to be formed). It's a small cabinet, the rest of the cabinet still remains (to be formed): Maharashtra CM
12:36 PM, 9 Aug
Even as oath taking is yet to be complete, BJP Maharashtra vice president says it is extremely wrong for Sanjay Rathod to have been given oath as a minister today once again.
11:56 AM, 9 Aug
Sandipan Bhumre sworn in as Cabinet minister.
11:56 AM, 9 Aug
Shiv Sena leader Uday Samant sworn in as Cabinet minister.
11:56 AM, 9 Aug
Shiv Sena leader from Solapur, Tanaji Sawant, sworn in as Cabinet minister.
11:56 AM, 9 Aug
Shiv Sena leader Abdul Sattar, a three-term MLA from Sillod, sworn in as Cabinet minister.
11:56 AM, 9 Aug
BJP leader Ravindra Chavan sworn in as Cabinet minister.
11:34 AM, 9 Aug
Shiv Sena MLAs Gulabrao Patil and Dadaji Dagadu Bhuse take oath as Maharashtra ministers at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
11:27 AM, 9 Aug
BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar takes oath as Cabinet minister.
11:26 AM, 9 Aug
Chandrakant Patil and Vijay Kumar Gavit are among the nine BJP leaders who are taking oath as ministers in Maharashtra Cabinet at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
11:23 AM, 9 Aug
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administers the oath of office to 18 MLAs as ministers.
11:21 AM, 9 Aug
Oath taking ceremony begins
11:07 AM, 9 Aug
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
10:58 AM, 9 Aug
List of leaders to take oath today
10:54 AM, 9 Aug
Independent MLA Bacchu Kadu, who supports the Shinde faction, said the chief minister has given him assurance, adding that he would support him even if he does not get sworn today.
10:45 AM, 9 Aug
Hopeful that I will be given some responsibility. I would like to thank PM, HM, JP Nadda & Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis that I will get an opportunity to serve people of Maharashtra. I feel I will get a berth in the state cabinet: Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Mumbai BJP president.
10:42 AM, 9 Aug
Probable BJP MLAs expected to be inducted today: Chandrakant Patil, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Sudhir Mungantiwar. Girish Mahajan, Suresh Khade ,Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Atul Save, Ravindra Chavan and Vijay Gavit.
10:37 AM, 9 Aug
Probable Shinde camp MLAs expected to be inducted today: Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Uday Samant, Shambhuraje Desai, Sandipan Bhumare, Bharat Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat and Bacchu Kadu.
10:33 AM, 9 Aug
This would take the strength of the Maharashtra ministry to 20, less than half the maximum allowed strength of 43. The next round of expansion would take place later.
10:32 AM, 9 Aug
Altogether 18 ministers will be sworn in, a former minister told PTI on condition of anonymity. They will include nine each from the Shinde group and BJP, he added.
10:32 AM, 9 Aug
The swearing-in ceremony of new ministers will be held at Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai at 11 am on Tuesday.
10:32 AM, 9 Aug
The meeting took place at the Sahyadri guest house in south Mumbai. Shinde is backed by 40 of the 55 Shiv Sena MLAs.
10:31 AM, 9 Aug
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday morning met Shiv Sena legislators backing him, ahead of the expansion of his two-member ministry.
10:28 AM, 9 Aug
According to latest reports, 18 MLAs will be sworn in today as part of Maharashtra cabinet expansion. Chandrakant Patil, Jaikumar Rawal, Ram Raje are present a t Raj Bhavan’s Darbar Hall.
10:27 AM, 9 Aug
The expansion of the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra cabinet is set to take place today in Raj Bhawan.

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