While inducting 36 new ministers into the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi cabinet, what attracted the most attention was the shadow of dynastic politics. Describing his council of ministers as the "best team" of experienced leaders who know the "pulse of people", Uddhav also drew flak from the media for the shadow of dynatic politics over his cabinet.
Uddhav’s son Aaditya and NCP's Ajit Pawar were in the limelight yesterday and both of them come from strong families of politics.
This is the first time in Maharashtra that the son of an incumbent chief minister became a minister in the cabinet. Uddhav Thackeray administered the oath of office to his 29-year-old son and Aaditya Thackeray, a legislator from Worli.
There is a discussion going on that the Chief Minister’ Office was formed to prepare them for future politics, so that they become well aware of politics.
Uncle and nephew in NCP
NCP chief Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar is the first MLA in the country to become deputy chief minister for the second time in two different governments in a month.
However, he has become deputy CM for the fourth time in the state. Gopinath Munde's nephew Dhananjay Munde also got a place in the cabinet expansion. Uddhav Thackeray has also given Aditi Tatkare, who is wife of Sunil Tatkare, a place in the Council of Ministers. Getting a cabinet berth is no less than a bumper gift for the first-time MLA.
The Congress has once again made it clear that dynasty politics wouldn’t leave it soon. Ashok Chavan, the son of Shankarrao Chavan, a tall figure in the Maharashtra Congress politics, who lost the chief minister's chair in the Adarsh scam, has become a minister in the Uddhav government. It was the Shiv Sena which brutally targeted Ashok Chavan after the Adarsh scam came to light.
Similarly, former Congress chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's son Amit Deshmukh, who was elected MLA from Latur, has also become a minister in the Sena-NCP-Congress government. Similarly, Varsha Gaikwad, daughter of veteran Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad, and Vishwajit Kadam, son of Patangrao Kadam, have also become members of Uddhav Thackeray's cabinet.