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Sena, NCP, Congress to decide portfolios in 2 days: Balasaheb Thorat

Thorat refused to comment on speculation he could be a deputy chief minister
Sena, NCP, Congress to decide portfolios in 2 days: Balasaheb Thorat
Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress to decide portfolio-sharing in 2

ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said the sharing of portfolios among the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in the next state government will be finalised in a couple of days.

The 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi'—comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress along with some small parties and independents—has decided to stake claim for government formation in the state after the BJP-led government collapsed on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after taking oath as a member of the 14th state Assembly on Wednesday, Thorat, the Congress legislature party leader in the House, said, "The ratio of portfolio-sharing will be finalised in next two days. The number of cabinet and minister of state (MoS) posts to be given to each party will also be finalised in next two days."

The NCP had announced that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray would be the next chief minister of Maharashtra.

Thackeray will be sworn in chief minister on Thursday evening at Shivaji Park in Dadar, the place where his party holds its traditional Dussehra rally each year.

Thackeray is currently not a member of any House in the state legislature.

Asked whether Congress president Sonia Gandhi or party leader Rahul Gandhi would attend Thackeray's swearing-in, Thorat said, "Nothing has been finalised so far on this."

He also said that there will be more clarity on some issues, like speaker of the Assembly, after a couple of days.

Asked about rumours that he may be appointed the deputy chief minister, Thorat said, "I am not aware of any such possibility so far. I can't comment on any such speculation."

Interestingly, NCP Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon told ANI on Tuesday that Thorat and NCP's Jayant Patil will be the deputy chief ministers in the coalition government. Jayant Patil was announced as the NCP's legislature party chief late last week.

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