Shiv Sena-NCP row over 2 big portfolios still on

MUMBAI: A meeting on portfolio allocation among the three partners in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra ended on Tuesday evening with the issue of who gets the home and urban development ministries unresolved as both Shiv Sena and NCP have staked claim to the two departments. However, the other departments will be allocated on Wednesday or Thursday, a senior Congress leader said, with the two contentious ones remaining with CM Uddhav Thackeray until the issue is settled.

According to the Congress leader, the agreement reached between the three parties is that revenue will be allotted to the Congress, finance and planning to the NCP and housing to the Sena. At Tuesday’s meeting between Uddhav, Congress’ Balasaheb Thorat and NCP’s Ajit Pawar, the three leaders were unable to reach a consensus owing to the claims to the home and UDD portfolios. However, Thackeray said that leaving aside the dispute around those two departments, a decision on the remaining departments could be taken, the Congress leader said.

“Decision-making was delayed as both Sena and NCP staked claim to the home and urban development portfolios. As there was a lack of consensus, it was decided to take a decision on these portfolios at a later stage, while the remaining departments will be allotted on Wednesday or Thursday,” the leader said

Between Congress and NCP
According to the agreement so far, the Congress will get energy or industries, water resources or public works, medical education, labour and the woman and child welfare department. If water resources is not allotted to Congress, it will be given to NCP, along with public health, agriculture, cooperation and school education.

What Sena may get
If industries is allotted to Congress, Sena will get energy, transport, social justice, environment, higher and technical education and the MSRDC, along with public works if it is not allotted to the Congress, the leader said. The Aghadi government has been at the receiving end over its failure to allocate portfolios despite the CM having been sworn in a fortnight ago. Bureaucrats too have expressed displeasure over non-allocation of departments.