Rajasthan cabinet expansion process gains pace, likely by month end

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2014 16:05 IST

The Rajasthan cabinet expansion process has gathered momentum once again and it is likely to happen by the end of this month.

The list of probable legislators to get a cabinet berth is ready, but the final nod from the party high command is awaited.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is expected to meet the party leadership in Delhi in this regard soon. There is likelihood that she would discuss the expansion plans after the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana chief minister ML Khattar at Chandigarh on Sunday.

Earlier, Raje had visited Delhi before the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections to meet the party national leadership, but she could not meet national president Amit Shah as he was busy in poll preparations.

Raje, along with cabinet minister Gulab Chand Kataria and state party president Ashok Parnami, had camped in Delhi for last two days to discuss the expansion with senior leaders.

State party president Ashok Parnami said the expansion is likely to take place soon.

According to sources, cabinet expansion is becoming a tough nut to crack, as the party high command and state leadership differ on some of the names to be included in the list. There is deadlock on the names of Raje detractors Ghanshyam Tiwari and Narpat Singh Rajvi.

According to sources, their names are likely to be included in the list of cabinet ministers, but there can be last minute changes and both the veterans could be dropped on insistence of Raje.

The state government is also in rush for the expansion, as the government would fall short of the constitutionally required mark of at least 12 cabinet ministers in a government.

Water resources minister Sanwar Lal Jat, who was elected as MP, was allowed to continue as minister for six months, but that period would be over in October.

Raje had included 12 ministers in her cabinet formation. While minister Kailash Meghwal was made the assemblyspeaker, Jat was elected as MP.

There is likelihood of about a dozen legislators being inducted into the ministry. Among others, names of Rao Rajendra Singh and Vasudev Devnani are doing the rounds.

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