Rajasthan: With Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, CM Gehlots chairs high-level meeting

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Rajasthan: With Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, CM Gehlots chairs high-level meeting 

Highlights

  • Gehlot has taken the resignation of all the ministers before the big Cabinet overhaul
  • Three ministers have already tendered their resignations
  • New ministers are expected to take oath on Sunday

A meeting of the Rajasthan council of ministers began at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence here on Saturday evening, ahead of a proposed Cabinet reshuffle. Several ministers are expected to resign and the chief minister is likely to meet Governor Kalraj Mishra after the meeting.

The meeting started around 7 pm. The oath ceremony is likely to be held on Sunday, sources said.

Interestingly, Gehlot has taken the resignation of all the ministers before the big Cabinet overhaul. “All ministers resigned in the meeting,” Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, who held the charge of the transport minister, said.

Although it has not yet been decided which new faces will be included in the cabinet, the process of reaching out to a large number of Congress MLAs in Jaipur started last Friday evening.

The incharge for Rajasthan affairs at the AICC, Ajay Maken, who arrived in Jaipur on Friday, was also present at the chief minister’s residence.

The clamour for Cabinet reshuffle had been growing for the past several months with a demand to accommodate supporters of CM Gehlot’s former deputy Sachin Pilot, who had revolted against the chief minister last year.

Notably, that the state ministers, including Govind Singh Dotasra, Dr Raghu Sharma and Harish Chaudhary had offered to resign from the post of ministers in their letter written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The strength of the Ashok Gehlot cabinet was 21 before the ministers resigned. Rajasthan, where the number of MLAs is 200, can have a maximum of 30 ministers, including the chief minister.

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