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Congress to expand ministry in Haryana

The ten-month old Congress ministry in Haryana is likely to be expanded soon amid talks in political circles.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 21:57 IST

The ten-month old Congress ministry in Haryana is likely to be expanded soon amid talk in political circles that Speaker HS Chaddha is prominent among those likely to be inducted.

The names of Kiran Chaudhary and Savitri Jindal are also doing the rounds for ministerships. They are widows of Haryana former ministers Surinder Singh and OP Jindal who died in a copter crash last year.

While the strength of the nine-member Ministry could be raised to 14, speculation is there would be induction of only three new faces.

Besides Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Ministry comprises Chandra Mohan, son of senior leader and PCC Chief Bhajan Lal, as Deputy Chief Minister and seven other ministers.

AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters in New Delhi that the matter was under active consideration and there was possibility of an early expansion.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and had also held discussions with Dwivedi, who is in charge of party affairs in Haryana.

Congress had come to power in the Assembly polls in February last year winning 67 of the 90 seats.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 21:57 IST