Though all three parties of the ruling coalition - the NCP, the Congress and the Shiv Sena –are eyeing important ministries like Home, Urban Development, Revenue and Housing, sources in the know of things said that the Sharad Pawar’s party may get all key cabinet berths.
Sources also said that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will get the maximum number of positions - 16 - of 43 positions available despite NCP having lesser number of MLAs compared to the Shiv Sena. The NCP may get the coveted Home Ministry portfolio. According to sources the NCP's Jayant Patil, a close aide of Sharad Pawar, is a key contender to be Home Minister. The NCP will also get the Deputy Chief Minister's post, expected to be given to Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar.
The Sena will end up with 15 posts, and the Congress 12. The additional ministry to the NCP is said to be because the Congress was given the post of Speaker. The Congress' MLA - Nana Patole - was elected to the Speaker's post this morning.
The Congress is expected to get the post of Revenue Minister. That could go to Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat. Mr Thorat is an eight-time MLA from Sangamner and earlier this week was also elected as the party's legislature wing leader
The Shiv Sena is likely to get Urban Development Ministry. Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai were the two party faces sworn-in on Thursday. Mr Fadnavis was then appointed as Leader of the Opposition.