MP: Chouhan keeps cards close to his chest on cabinet expansion

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2016 16:28 IST
The chief minister didn’t commit on the deadline of June 30 for cabinet expansion. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday remained evasive to media queries on the date of the much awaited cabinet expansion in Madhya Pradesh.

There has been no cabinet expansion so far after Chouhan assumed the CMO for the third time in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan’s cabinet comprises 19 cabinet ministers and 4 ministers of state. The number of vacant berths is 12.

“I will do what I had said,” Chouhan quipped when mediapersons asked him whether the exercise would be carried out by June end. In spite of repeated questions from journalists, the chief minister didn’t commit on the deadline of June 30.

When asked how the exercise was possible by June 30 when governor Ram Naresh Yadav was hospitalised, Chouhan said: “He will be okay.”

Government sources said there were chances that the expansion might be pushed for a day or two beyond June 30 as the CM is scheduled to go to Delhi around June 30.

Chouhan had at a meeting of state BJP executive at Rewa announced to the party’s office-bearers and later to the media that the cabinet expansion would take place by June end.

Several BJP leaders who are aspiring for Cabinet berths were eagerly waiting for the chief minister’s return to Bhopal from China. Chouhan has been delaying the cabinet expansion for about a year. In August last year, he had said the expansion would take place by August 31.

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