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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Rejigs Some Portfolios of NCP Ministers Patil and Bhujbal

File photo: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

File photo: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. (Image: PTI)

Jayant Patil was given Irrigation, earlier held by Chhagan Bhujbal, who in turn was allotted Good & Civil Supplies, Consumer Welfare and Minority Welfare.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday rearranged some portfolios which were allotted to NCP ministers Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday.

On December 12, Patil was allocated Finance and Planning, Housing, Public Health, Co-operation, Food & Civil Supplies, Labour and Minority Welfare ministries.

Bhujbal was entrusted with Irrigation, Rural Development, Social Justice, Excise, Skill Development, Food and Drug Administration portfolios.

As per new arrangement, Irrigation department was shifted to Patil while Bhujbal got Food, Civil supplies and Consumer Protection and Minority Welfare ministries, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.

Thackeray, who heads the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, had taken oath as chief minister on November 28 alongside six ministers -- two each from the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

On December 12, the Sena was allotted crucial portfolios of Home, Industries, Urban Development. The NCP landed Finance and the Congress the Revenue.

The expansion of the Cabinet is likely to take place after the winter session of the state legislature ends on December 21.

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