After 23 days after his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate, Maharashtra’s Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik’s party NCP has decided to take away all his portfolios. He was responsible for handling Minority Affairs and Skill Development portfolios in the Shiv Sena led MVA government.
State NCP chief and water resources minister Jayant Patil said Malik’s portfolios will be given to his cabinet colleagues temporarily from the party. However, the MVA government will not seek Malik’s resignation as a minister, Patil added. He will continue as MCP’s Mumbai unit chief.
CM Uddhav Thackeray will be informed about this decision and then he will take the final call in this regard, Patil said.
Patil said the decision was taken during a meeting of NCP leaders at the residence of party president Sharad Pawar. The meeting was attended by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil, besides senior party leaders Praful Patel and Sunil Tatkare.
The opposition (BJP) on the other hand had been protesting over the past few days seeking Malik’s resignation from Cabinet.
The NCP has now decided to make Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde and Minister of State for Urban Development Prajakt Tanpure the guardian ministers of the two districts.
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