On Wednesday, Sheila Dikshit will take charge as Delhi chief minister for the third time after she is administered the oath of office by Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna.
Dikshit will be sworn in along with six cabinet colleagues. She had met the L-G on Monday, staking claim to form the government after the Congress got a clear majority in the 70-member Delhi assembly.
While the Congress won 43 seats, the BJP got 23, BSP got two and Indian National Lok Dal won one seat.
Dikshit has already submitted the list of her six cabinet colleagues who would be taking oath with her but is yet to decide on their portfolios.
“The portfolios would be announced after the swearing in ceremony is over,” said a senior Congress leader on condition of anonymity.
Soon after the swearing-in ceremony is over, a cabinet meeting has been called at the Delhi Secretariat where the portfolios would be announced.
“The cabinet will also decide on the date of the new assembly session. A short assembly session might be called before Christmas,” said a Delhi government official who is not authorised to talk to the media.
The new cabinet is likely to retain a majority of the outgoing cabinet ministers. Those who are most likely to make it in the list include outgoing finance minister A.K. Walia, outgoing education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, outgoing transport minister Haroon Yusuf, outgoing industry minister Mangat Ram Singhal and outgoing urban development minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.
The only outgoing cabinet minister who is likely to be excluded from the list is health minister Yoganand Shastri. He may be replaced by Malviya Nagar MLA and Dikshit loyalist Kiran Walia. Walia’s inclusion will make her the first woman minister in Delhi cabinet.