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Malegaon MLA Dada Bhuse likely to be inducted as Minister in Fadnavis cabinet
Thursday December 4, 2014 0:15 AM, Staff Reporter

As the Shiv-Sena struck a deal to join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra, it is widely speculated that Dada Bhuse, three-time MLA from the Malegaon (Outer) assembly constituency, is likely to be inducted as minister in the Fadnavis cabinet.

Dada Bhuse

Besides Dada Bhuse, others whose names are doing the rounds as possible ministers include Subhash Desai, Ramdas Kadam, Divakar Raote, Eknath Shinde, Neelam Gorhe, Arjun Khotkar, Sanjay Rathod, Sanjay Shirsat, Rajesh Kshirsagar, Vijay Shivtare and Pratap Sarnaik, sources said.

While Subhash Desai, Ramdas Kadam, Divakar Raote, Eknath Shinde and Neelam Gorhe are tipped for cabinet posts, Arjun Khotkar, Sanjay Rathod, Sanjay Shirsat, Dada Bhuse, Rajesh Kshirsagar, Vijay Shivtare and Pratap Sarnaik are said to be front runners as ministers of state.

Dada Bhuse, a mechanicl engineer, rose to the fame after the October 2001 communal riots in Malegaon. He later contested the assembly election held in 2004 and defeated local stalwart and former minister Prashant Hirey of the NCP.

If inducted in the cabinet, Dada Bhuse will be 7th from Malegaon to serve as minister in the Maharashtra government.

Earlier, Bhausaheb Hirey, Venkatrao Hirey, Pushpatai Hirey, Nehal Ahmed, Dr. Baliram Hirey and Prashant Hirey, all from Malegaon, too were ministers in the Maharashtra government. Bhausaheb Hirey was in fact in race for the post of chief minister.

A formal announcement of the Shiv Sena ministers is likely to be made by party chief Uddhav Thackeray later today.

As per the power sharing deal, the BJP has offered a total of 12 ministries - five cabinet and seven ministers of state posts, to the Shiv-Sena.

Chief Minister Fadnavis was expected to expand his cabinet Wednesday. However, it was postponed till Friday following the death of former Maharashtra chief minister Abdur Rehman Antualy. The Maharashtra government has declared three-day mourning for the departed leader who died Tuesday.

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