Pune: The city is expecting two ministers in the new State government. BJP State President Chandrakant Patil and senior MLA of Parvati Madhuri Misal will get positions in the new Maharashtra cabinet.
Misal has won three consecutive Assembly polls from Parvati. The pattern of having two ministers from Pune city will continue in the new BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government in the State.
The BJP did not get expected results in the Assembly polls in Pune. The party lost two seats. Out of four sitting MLAs of Khadakwasla, Vadgaonsheri, Hadapsar and Parvati, only two sitting MLAs - Madhuri Mishal and Bimrao Tapkir - kept their seats. Two new faces - Sunil Kamble from Pune Cantonment and Siddharth Shirole from Shivajinagar - also emerged victorious in the Assembly polls.
Out of the four winning seats, Chandrakant Patil is BJP’s Maharashtra State President and seniormost leader in the party. He was the District Guardian Minister of Pune, along with having the portfolio of Revenue Minister in State Cabinet. Girish Bapat was Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minster and Dilip Kamble was Minister of State for Social Justice and Special Assistance. Bapat became a Member of Parliament (MP) from Pune Lok Sabha seat.
According to party sources, after Patil was elected from Kothrud constituency, his District Guardianship will continue in the new BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government. It is almost confirmed. The party may continue the pattern of giving one cabinet and one State minister post to Pune city. Senior MLA Misal will be considered for the State minister’s post. The saffron party will try to give confidence to Pune city voters that they are committed to the development of the city.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared that cabinet minister’s post would be given to Shiv Sena MLA Vijay Shivtare during the Assembly polls campaign.
However, Shivtare lost the election from Purandar constituency, which is considered to be a rural part of Pune district.