Rajasthan Cabinet formation likely after CM’s Delhi visit

first_imgThe much-awaited move towards Cabinet formation in Rajasthan, where the Congress has been elected to power, is likely to be made in a couple of days, after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s visit to New Delhi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, with whom the State’s top leaders will hold deliberations, is likely to have the final say in the matter.Deputy CM Sachin Pilot told reporters here on Wednesday that the decision would be taken at the All India Congress Committee office in Delhi after consultations with Mr. Gandhi. He said the State Cabinet would have representation from all communities and geographical regions, besides maintaining a balance between young and experienced legislators.About 15 MLAs are likely to get ministerial berths in the first phase. In view of the impending 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Gehlot faces the tough task of balancing caste and regional factors, as the major communities — Jat, Rajput, Gujjar, Meena, Brahmin and Muslim — expect to be represented. Each region is expected to contribute two Ministers.While Mr. Gehlot may keep the Finance and Personnel portfolios with himself, like in his previous tenure, Mr. Pilot may get the Home, and Urban Development and Housing Departments. Several members of Mr. Gehlot’s old team could make a comeback, according to sources in the Congress party here.Mr. Gehlot took charge of his office at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday. He offered floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue on the Secretariat premises before assuming charge.Since Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), with its six legislators, has extended support to the ruling Congress, one or two MLAs of the party may be appointed Ministers. Similarly, the lone Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) MLA Subhash Garg, elected from Bharatpur, is certain to get the Cabinet berth, as the party was in a pre-poll alliance with Congress.Dr. Garg was the chairperson of the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education in the previous Congress regime. In the profile of the ruling party’s MLAs, the number of victories in Assembly polls, and previous appointments as Ministers, are expected to be important considerations.In addition to veteran leaders C.P. Joshi, B.D. Kalla, Raghu Sharma and Shanti Dhariwal, other names doing the rounds for Ministers’ appointments are Mahesh Joshi (Hawa Mahal, Jaipur), Deependra Singh Shekhawat (Srimadhopur), Pratap Singh Khachariawas (Civil Lines, Jaipur), Rajendra Pareek (Sikar), Krishna Poonia (Sadulpur), Harish Chaudhary (Baytoo), Ameen Khan (Sheo) and Vishvendra Singh (Deeg-Kumher).last_img

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