Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Expansion LIVE Updates: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is all set to expand his cabinet today when 28 new ministers will take oath at the Raj Bhavan at 11am. Sources say the number includes 12 from the camp of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose exit from the party led to the collapse of the government and brought the BJP to power in the state.
मध्य प्रदेश मंत्रिमंडल का राजभवन में शपथ समारोह https://t.co/3yb57Vbim9— BJP MadhyaPradesh (@BJP4MP) July 2, 2020
Here's All You Need to Know:
◕ Here is the list of the ministers appointed to the Madhya Pradesh cabinet:
◕ Imarti Devi, Prabhuram Choudhary, and Pradhuman Singh Tomar take oath as Cabinet Ministers at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh: Imarti Devi, Prabhuram Choudhary (pic 2), and Pradhuman Singh Tomar (pic 3) take oath as Cabinet Ministers at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal. pic.twitter.com/EeSSdELZJQ— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2020
◕ BJP MLA Gopal Bhargava, and BJP MLA Yashodhara Raje Scindia have taken oath as Cabinet Ministers at the Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh: BJP MLA Yashodhara Raje Scindia takes oath as a Cabinet Minister at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal. pic.twitter.com/ZT4Tp3GX2L— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2020
◕ According to sources, several BJP leaders have been dropped from the list, as the Scindia camp has achieved the lion's share of the appointments.
◕ Chouhan returned to Bhopal on Tuesday after staying in Delhi for two days, discussing the cabinet expansion. More than three months have passed since the BJP government was formed in the state. Cabinet expansion has been under discussion for a long time. Only five ministers were sworn in after the chief minister took oath.
◕ Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel took oath as governor of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday at a ceremony at Raj Bhawan here.
मध्यप्रदेश के प्रभारी राज्यपाल के रूप में शपथ लेने पर राज्यपाल श्रीमती @anandibenpatel को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ देता हूँ। आपके मार्गदर्शन में हम जनसेवा में निरंतर कार्यरत रहेंगे। pic.twitter.com/xW5N4hsPve— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 1, 2020
◕ Sources claimed that Scindia was adamant on including all his supporters while the BJP state unit wanted to bring this number down to accommodate their senior leaders.
◕ Several BJP senior leaders, too, were upset with plans to shift them to party organisation. Leaders like Gopal Bhargav had expressed their resentment openly, cautioning the party that ignoring senior leaders during cabinet expansion won’t be a good idea.
◕ “Manthan ke baad amrit hi nikalta hai, jo Vish nikalta hai Shiv usse pe jate hain (churning produces nectar but Lord Shiva drinks the poison),” said Chouhan, hinting that he had to endure a lot of pressure while zeroing in on the names of his cabinet colleagues.