Updated on: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 07:34 PM IST

'Would happen soon': Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on cabinet reshuffle

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot | Photo credits: Twitter

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot | Photo credits: Twitter


Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday amid impending cabinet reshuffle said that it would happen soon. At an event in Jaipur, the CM was quoted as saying, "the expansion of the State Cabinet would happen soon," by news agency ANI.

On Thursday last week, Gehlot had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the long-pending demand.

After the meeting, he had said the party's top leadership will decide on it.

"The cabinet reshuffle will take place soon," Gehlot said while addressing the oath ceremony of the Secretariat Employees' Union.

The clamour for the cabinet reshuffle has been increasing for the last several months with the demanded to accommodate Pilot's supporters.

Apart from the Congress MLAs, independents who support the government and those who defected from the BSP to the Congress also having expectations from the exercise.

At present, there are 21 members in the council of ministers, including the chief minister. There can be a maximum of 30 members in the council of ministers in the state, where the number of MLAs is 200.

The much-anticipated cabinet expansion in Rajasthan has been delayed despite one-on-one meetings of Ashok Gehlot and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot with Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi last week.

The committee comprising of KC Venugopal and in-charge Ajay Maken is also brainstorming on cabinet expansion and political appointments. They are talking to Gehlot and Pilot as well in this regard, as per the sources.

The way for expansion and political appointments will be cleared and also the role of Sachin Pilot is likely to be decided very soon, added sources.

Gehlot has shown his competitiveness and winnability in the recently held by-elections in two Assembly seats in Rajasthan, in which Gehlot's strategy defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party and captured two seats, due to which a positive message has also reached the high command.

Congress is considering implementing "one leader-one post" policy in the cabinet reshuffle. Therefore, it wants to give place in the cabinet and political appointments to the leaders of all sections from the grassroots level.


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Published on: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 07:34 PM IST