The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra has decided to split the portfolios of party leader and cabinet minister Nawab Malik, who is currently in custody in a money laundering case, among other party ministers, a senior leader said.

With this decision, Malik will no longer have a portfolio in the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

However, the NCP has decided not to ask Malik to resign, as the opposition BJP had demanded.

Malik held ministries of Skills Development and Minority Affairs in the state government. He is also the guardian minister of the Parbhani and the Gondia districts.

The Ministry of Skills Development will be assigned to the State Minister of Health Rajesh Tope and the Department of Minorities Affairs to the Minister of Housing Jitendra Awhad respectively. Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde has been put in charge of Parbhani district. MoS for Power Prajakt Tanpure will be the new guardian minister of the Gondia district, the NCP leader said.

The NCP President of Maharashtra State and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil have told reporters that the NCP’s proposal for dividing Malik’s portfolios will be sent to Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who will then forward it to Raj Bhavan.

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