Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Expansion Likely Tomorrow

A Raj Bhawan official confirmed that preparations for oath-taking ceremony were underway.

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Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Expansion Likely Tomorrow

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to reshufflehis cabinet tomorrow. (File photo)

Bhopal:  Ahead of the Assembly elections which are due later this year, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to reshuffle and expand his cabinet tomorrow, a senior official said.

A Raj Bhawan official confirmed that preparations for oath-taking ceremony were underway.

Names of the new ministers are not yet disclosed, sources said.

The Chief Minister Chouhan-led government, in its third term, has 20 cabinet ministers including the chief minister and nine ministers of state since December 2013.

The state can have a maximum of 35 ministers as per the Constitutional provisions.

The state Congress, meanwhile, has submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission and written a letter to the governor saying that the BJP government cannot carry out a cabinet expansion, as the model code of conduct is in force ahead of February 24 Assembly by-polls in Mungaoli and Kolaras.

In the memorandum to the EC, state Congress president Arun Yadav demanded that the proposed cabinet expansion be postponed till February 28.

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In the letter to the governor, Mr Yadav said, "This expansion or reshuffle would be against the Constitutional traditions. The proposed cabinet expansion, if any, is directly or indirectly a way to influence the electorate."

Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh Salina Singh said she has forwarded the memorandum to the Election Commission of India (ECI). 
 

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