It's final: BJP to have 4 ministers
The state Bharatiya Janata Party, whose tally has come down to 12 this time as compared to 19 in 2007, has agreed to four cabinet berths, without laying claim on the post of deputy chief minister.punjab Updated: Mar 11, 2012 16:58 IST
The state Bharatiya Janata Party, whose tally has come down to 12 this time as compared to 19 in 2007, has agreed to four cabinet berths, without laying claim on the post of deputy chief minister.
"We will have four ministers from our quota, as the number of seats won by the party has come down," state BJP general secretary Kamal Sharma told reporters, adding that the list of ministers was ready and incharge of party's affairs in Punjab, Shanta Kumar, along with other senior leaders, had left for New Delhi.
After getting approval from the central leadership, final list of probable ministers would be handed over to the chief minister, a day before the swearing-in ceremony on March 14, Sharma said.
Asked whether state party chief Ashwani Sharma would resign from his post as he is now an MLA, Kamal Sharma said that as per the party constitution, an MLA can hold the party chief's post.
"In case Sharma is inducted as a minister, he will have to resign from the post of party chief," Sharma added.
Asked about BJP's stand if Sukhbir Badal was elevated as chief minister, Sharma said: "It is the prerogative of SAD to select its chief minister and BJP has nothing to do with it".
Earlier, newly-appointed leader of BJP's legislative party in Punjab assembly Bhagat Chunni Lal was given a rousing welcome by his supporters on his arrival in the city.
Talking to mediapersons, Lal said that he would try his best to iron out the differences among the party leaders in the district.
As Lal is expected to get the portfolio of local bodies, mayor Rakesh Rathour, senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia and deputy mayor Parvesh Tangri did not miss the opportunity to mark their presence.