A chunk of the key departments in Maharashtra look likely to go to the party led by Sharad Pawar, who had taken the initiative to bring the Congress on board for the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' alliance, sources said. The list could include finance, home, irrigation and housing development. Mr Pawar and 35 others, including the Chief Minister, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray's son Mr. Aaditya Thackeray, took oath on Monday in the first expansion of the cabinet.
Mr. Ajit Pawar, the Nationalist Congress Party rebel who was rewarded with the Deputy Chief Minister's post after return,- is likely to get the finance ministry, sources said.
Discussions are on over the other prime portfolio, home, for which the NCP's Mr. Nawab Malik is a contender. The key Irrigation department may go to Mr. Jayant Patil, and Mr. Jitendra Awhad may get housing development, sources said. Both are from the NCP.
The Congress's former Chief Minister,Mr. Ashok Chavan, could get Public Works Department, and Mr. Balasaheb Thorat, the revenue department. Ten of the 36 MLAs who took oath on Monday belonged to the Congress.
On November 28, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray had taken oath along with six others. The list included Mr. Balasaheb Thorat and Mr. Nitin Raut of Congress, Mr. Eknath Shinde and Mr. Subhash Desai of the Shiv Sena and Mr. Jayant Patil and Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP.