Rajasthan cabinet expansion tomorrow; Governor Kalraj Mishra to administer oath
Meeting was held between CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, State President CP Joshi, senior leader Rajendra Rathore, and state co-in-charge Vijaya Rahatkar
JAIPUR: Cabinet expansion is scheduled to take place in Rajasthan on Saturday. Governor Kalraj Mishra will administer the oath of office to the new ministers at 3:15 pm.
A lengthy meeting was held between Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, State President CP Joshi, senior leader Rajendra Rathore, and state co-in-charge Vijaya Rahatkar until late Wednesday night in order to reach a consensus on the names. It has been reported that almost all the names have been finalized during this meeting.
There are strong indications that Dr. Kirori Lal Meena, a prominent leader from Eastern Rajasthan, will join the cabinet. Baba Balaknath – an influential Hindutva face and MLA from Tijara – is also expected to be part of Bhajanlal’s cabinet. Among female candidates being considered are Anita Bhadel, Deepti Maheshwari, and first-time MLA Nauksham Chaudhary.
Jitendra Gothwal and senior MLA Madan Dilawar from the Dalit community may also be appointed as ministers.
Supporters of senior MLAs from the Rajput community such as Pushpendra Singh Ranaut and Siddhi Kumari remain hopeful that their leaders will secure ministerial positions this time around.
The Brahmin community similarly hopes for representation in the cabinet following their support for Chief Minister Sharma. MLAs like Sanjay Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Jethanand Vyas are also competing for ministerial roles.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma took his own oath of office on December 15 alongside Deputy CMs Diya Kumari and Premchand Bairwa. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP National President JP Nadda along with various other chief ministers from BJP-led states across India