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Rajasthan Cabinet reshuffle: 15 ministers to take oath at 4 pm

Jaipur, November 21

Fifteen new Rajasthan ministers will take oath at 4 pm on Sunday at the Raj Bhavan here as part of the Cabinet reshuffle, officials said.

The ministers include 11 Cabinet ministers and four ministers of state (MoS).

The new Rajasthan cabinet will see 12 new faces, including five from the Sachin Pilot camp, in the reshuffle on Sunday.

5 of Sachin Pilot camp, 4 SCs in new Rajasthan Cabinet; to take oath on Sunday

This is the first cabinet reshuffle of the Gehlot government, which came to power in December 2018.

Three ministers—Govind Singh Dotasra, Harish Chaudhary, and Raghu Sharma—have been dropped and their resignations have been accepted by the governor on recommendation of the chief minister while three ministers—Mamta Bhupesh, Tikaram July, and Bhajan Lal Jatav—will be elevated from MoS to cabinet rank.

While Dotasra, Chaudhary, and Sharma resigned on Friday, other ministers resigned in a meeting of council of ministers on Saturday.

The resignation of Sharma, Chaudhary, and Dotasra was accepted as they hold party positions and the “one man, one post” formula has been applied in the state.

Sharma has been appointed as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Gujarat, and Chaudhary is the AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab. Dotasra is the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief.

The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government will have a total of 30 ministers, including 18 who had resigned earlier.

Rajasthan can have a maximum of 30 ministers including the chief minister.

Three ministers of state—those who have been elevated to cabinet rank—are from the Scheduled Caste (SC) community, party sources said.

The new state cabinet will have four SC members and three ministers from the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community, the sources said, adding that the cabinet will also feature three women—a Muslim, one from the SC community, and a Gujjar.

Among the new ministers to take oath as cabinet ministers are Hemaram Chaudhary, Mahendrajit Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, Mamta Bhupesh Bhairwa, Bhajanlal Jatav, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal, and Shakuntala Rawat.

Those who will take oath as the new ministers of state are Zahida, Brijendra Singh Ola, Rajendra Durha, and Muralilal Meena.

Mahesh Joshi is the government chief whip.

Among those from the Sachin Pilot camp who have been included in the ministry are Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, and Hemaram Chaudhary as cabinet ministers, and Brijendra Ola and Murari Meena as ministers of state.

Two of them—Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena—were sacked as cabinet ministers during a political crisis in the state last year.

Another SC member, former MP Govind Ram Meghwal, is a fresh face to be included in the refurbished cabinet.

Rajendra Singh Guda, one of the six MLAs who defected from the BSP to the Congress, has also been included as a minister of state.

No independent MLA has been given a ministerial berth, while some of them would be included as parliamentary secretaries.

Some former BSP legislators would also be included as parliamentary secretaries, the sources said, adding that some senior MLAs would be made advisers to the chief minister.

After the Congress won bypolls held on two assembly seats recently, the tally of the ruling party has reached 108 in the house of 200.