05 December, 2020

Changing Colour

More and more 'Congressmen' are joining the Joshi ministry

Changing Colour

THERE is a familiar look about some of the ministers sworn in each time Chief Minister Manohar Joshi expands his Cabinet—they are former Congressmen. Legislators and leaders not amenable to being exiled from power are dumping khadi for saffron, to take what is currently the quickest route to the chair.

The most recent entrant in this growing list, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, is among a group of five sworn in last week. Vikhe Patil, 37, a Congress MLA who switched to the Shiv Sena on March 6, is the only one among them to have been accorded cabinet rank. Befitting his inherited credentials that include being the son of a sugar baron and ex-Congress MP who is a confidant of former Union home minister S.B. Chavan.

To the Shiv Sena, making the son a minister is nothing compared to the prized support of Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, whose family is among the pioneers of Maha-rashtra's politically powerful sugar cooperative movement. Vikhe-Patil senior, who represented Kopargaon in western Maharashtra for five consecutive terms in Parliament, has the...



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