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Gehlot to seek vote of confidence tomorrow

jaipur Updated: Jan 02, 2009 16:23 IST

The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan would seek the "vote of confidence" in the Legislative Assembly on Saturday.

With 96 MLAs in its fold, the ruling Congress claimed it has support of eleven independent MLAs with seven of them already accommodated in the government.

Two independents -- Golma Devi and Ram Kishore Saini -- have been given the portfolios of ministers of state, while Parsadilal Meena and Harjiram Burdak, who contested as Congress rebels, have been allocated the cabinet minister rank.

Three other independents -- Dilip Choudhary, Brahamdev Kumawat and Nanalal Ninama -- have been placed as the Parliamentary Secretaries with the status of Minister of State.

In the 200 member assembly, Congress has 96 seats, BJP 78, BSP 6, CPM 3, and one each of Samajwadi Party, JD-U and Loktantrik Samjawadi Party (Gujjar faction) and 14 independents.

The Congress has already appointed Virendra Meena as the Chief Whip and Raghuveer Meena as Deputy Chief Whip in the House.

Maintaining the caste balance Gehlot has tried to place every community including Jat, Meena, SC/ST and women.

Gehlot also sent positive signals to Rajput community by electing Deependra Shekhawat as the Assembly Speaker.

Gehlot has already hinted at the swearing in ceremony of his cabinet colleagues on December 19 that someone from Gujjar community would also be accommodated after the floor test.

Tomorrow's session would begin with Governor S K Singh's customary address followed by a short adjournment, Assembly Secretary H R Kuri told PTI on Friday.

After passing an obituary reference the Chief Minister would move a motion seeking the vote of confidence of the House later in the afternoon, he said.