BHOPAL: The MLAs aspiring for ministerial berths, who could be accommodated in the expansion of council of ministers in June this year, have become active again with Gyan Singh winning the Shahdol Lok Sabha bye-polls. Gyan Singh’s resignation will create a vacancy in the ministry. The aspiring MLAs are now trying for their elevation through leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP organisation.
In the last expansion, Indore and the entire Malwa region got ignored. Chouhan had then said that the fresh faces would be inducted into the ministry. With Gyan Singh resigning from state cabinet, the tally of vacant posts in cabinet will touch six. Sources said MLAs from Malwa region are actively lobbying for their induction into the ministry. Sudarshan Gupta, Ranjana Baghel, Omprakash Saklecha, Ramesh Mendola and Jagdish Devra are among those in the race.
Chouhan is not willing to go for further expansion and despite RSS insisting, he is putting it off. Chouhan, in the recent past, had said that ministry had already been expanded and no further expansion was warranted.
MP Gyan Singh to attend Assembly session as minister
Gyan Singh, who was recently elected to the Lok Sabha from the Shahdol constituency in a bye-poll, will attend the state Assembly session beginning from December 5 as a minister. Singh will also reply to the questions related to his department. He has also directed that the official files, which were returned to the department following election code of conduct coming into effect, be sent back to him. These files include the one related to postings of assistant district tribal officers selected in the recent past. Gyan Singh was not interested in contesting the bye-polls. He was made candidate by BJP for want of a better alternative. Singh, who has become an MP now, wishes to continue as minister for some more time.