Giving a broader representation to various communities in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday expanded his cabinet to 23 members by inducting ten new ministers two of cabinet rank and eight ministers of state.
The new ministers were sworn-in by Governor SK Singh at a function in Raj Bhavan in Jaipur.
Dr Jitendra Singh and Rajendra Pareek were sworn-in as cabinet rank ministers while Ram Lal Jat, Bharosilal Jatav, Ashok Bairwa, Mangilal Gharasia, Pramod Jain Bhaya, Babulal Nagar, Amin Khan and Gurmeet Singh Kunnar were inducted as ministers of state.
Barring Dr Singh who was a cabinet minister in the previous Gehlot government, all the other nine are new faces.
Through this expansion, the chief minister has managed to accommodate Rajputs, Gujjars, Jains, SCs, STs, Meenas and Muslims, which should help to expand and consolidate the Congress' support base ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Following the assembly elections last year, Gehlot was sworn in as the chief minister on December 13 after the Congress emerged as the single largest party bagging 96 seats in the house of 200 and formed the government with support of eleven independents. He later formed a 13-member ministry.