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Maharashtra Cabinet expansion today

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, NOV.8. The Maharashtra Government will be expanded tomorrow. The decision follows the finalisation of the list of candidates for ministerial posts by the Chief Minister, Vilas Rao Deshmukh, after over seven hours of parleys today.

With the Congress share being limited to 18 Ministries under the power-sharing formula with the Nationalist Congress Party, Mr. Deshmukh, was closeted with senior party leaders in an attempt to strike a balance. Talking to correspondents after the meeting in 10 Janpath, the official residence of the party president, Sonia Gandhi, the Chief Minister indicated that his new team would be a blend of experienced and new faces. He suggested that the party had worked out the team keeping in mind the regional balances. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to be held at 12.30 p.m. tomorrow at Azad Maidan.

The Chief Minister, who arrived here on Sunday, had two rounds of discussion with his party chief.

He then worked with the AICC general-secretary, Margaret Alva, the pradesh Congress chief, Prabha Rau, and the Mumbai party president, Gurudas Kamat, to finalise the composition of the Cabinet.

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