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Allocation of portfolios taking time as govt. mulls new depts: NCP leader

NCP chief spokesperson and minister Nawab Malik said portfolios are likely to be allocated on Monday .

NCP chief spokesperson and minister Nawab Malik said portfolios are likely to be allocated on Monday .  

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NCP leader dismisses media reports of differences among the three ruling parties

The NCP, which is sharing power with the Shiv Sena and the Congress in Maharashtra, on Saturday said the allocation of portfolios to ministers is taking time as the Uddhav Thackeray-led government is mulling creation of some new departments.

NCP chief spokesperson and minister Nawab Malik made this comment in the wake of reports, which claimed that differences among the three ruling parties over sharing of portfolios is causing the delay in the allocation.

Mr. Malik said portfolios are likely to be allocated on Monday. “The government is mulling creation of new portfolios. So, it is taking some time, nothing else,” the NCP leader said, dismissing the media reports.

Although Mr. Malik did not specify the details, sources said the government may have new ministers for the Chief Minister’s Office, commerce, Metro, and others.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and six of his council members — two each from the Sena, NCP and Congress — had taken oath on November 28. The first cabinet expansion took place on December 30. The full-fledged allocation of portfolios, however, is yet to be done.

Sources said the Congress, which has been seeking two additional berths in the government, submitted its list of ministers with the departments allocated to them to the Chief Minister on Friday.

According to the earlier portfolio-sharing arrangement, the three parties had decided that the Congress was to get 12 ministries in the 43-member council of ministers.

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