Chouhan likely to expand, reshuffle M.P. Cabinet today

first_imgAhead of the Assembly elections, which are due later this year, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to reshuffle and expand his Cabinet on Saturday, a senior official said here. A Raj Bhavan official confirmed that preparations for oath-taking ceremony were under way. Names of the new Ministers are not yet disclosed, sources said. The Chouhan-led government, in its third term, has 20 Cabinet Ministers, including the CM and nine Ministers of State since December 2013. The State can have a maximum of 35 Ministers. The State Congress, meanwhile, has submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission and written a letter to the Governor saying that the BJP government cannot carry out a Cabinet expansion as the model code of conduct is in force ahead of the February 24 Assembly by-polls in Mungaoli and Kolaras. In the memorandum to the EC, State Congress president Arun Yadav has demanded that the proposed Cabinet expansion be postponed till February 28. In the letter to the Governor, Mr. Yadav said, “This expansion or reshuffle would be against the Constitutional traditions. The proposed expansion, if any, is directly or indirectly a way to influence the electorate.” Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh Salina Singh said she has forwarded the memorandum to the Election Commission of India.last_img

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