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Paras Jain: The lone cabinet minister from Malwa region


* None of the MLAs from Ujjain division or Indore district inducted in team Shivraj * Unnecessary lobbying stops the way of ministerial aspirants .

 Ujjain : With none of the MLAs from Ujjain or Indore division (Malwa region) being inducted in the Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s government on Thursday, the height of school education minister Paras Jain increased suddenly as he is now only one ‘cabinet minister’ from the region.

BJP enjoys huge strength in the state assembly as most of the party MLAs got victorious from Ujjain and Indore divisions. Out of 29 seats of this division, the party has strength of 28 MLAs. So, a number of them were in the race of ministership. Yashpal Singh Sisodia, Omprakash Sakhlecha and Jadish Deora were the front runners.  From Indore, names of Ramesh Mendola and Sudarshan Gupta were also doing the rounds. But, when the CM formally expanded his cabinet on Thursday evening, none of the said ministerial aspirants could get the berth.

What-so-ever the BJP and RSS strategists were planning in the name of expansion of the state cabinet, which was held just after two-and-a-half-years of elections, the ministerial aspirants did everything to ensure their induction in the cabinet. Seemingly, their competition became so sour that the CM changed his mind at the last moment and did not entertain any of the MLAs from Ujjain division or Indore district.

With this, Paras Jain (MLA from Ujjain north) became the only cabinet minister from the region. Minister of state for school education and higher education Deepak Joshi (MLA from Dewas district) also represents Ujjain division, but he is comparatively junior to Jain; though it is whispered that he may be elevated as the minister of state with independent charge.


It was a peculiar situation that Paras Jain was not present at the swearing-in ceremony as he was away at the education portal inauguration function at Delhi. He, however, returned to the state capital by Thursday evening.  When contacted by Free Press, he said that he believes in discharging duties. ‘To concentrate on doing the work is my duty and the God gives fruit in return’, he remarked when asked about enhancement of his political weight in the Malwa region.  Jain also said that one should consider it as a biggest success if people return with satisfaction from his home or office. ‘If you succeed in satisfying the people through your behaviour, they will certainly remember you despite your retirement otherwise innumerable of persons saw many heights in the public field, but nobody knows them now’, he quipped.

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