Highlights:

  • 15 ministers, involving 11 cabinet ministers and four ministers of state (MoS) took oath on Sunday
  • The 11 new cabinet minister involves three who have already been promoted from the rank of a minister of state to the cabinet
  • The overall number of ministers in the state council will now stand at 30

Ashok Gehlot led the Rajasthan cabinet witnessed a major reshuffle, as nearly 15 ministers, involving 11 cabinet ministers and four ministers of state (MoS), were sworn in for their newfound duties at the legislative assembly in Jaipur. Congress MLAs namely Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, and Hemaram Choudhury sworn in as cabinet ministers in the Rajasthan government by governor Kalraj Mishra.

The 11 new cabinet ministers involve three who have already been promoted from the rank of a minister of state to the cabinet. Moreover, three other ministers, Govind Singh Dostara, Harish Chaudhary, and Raghu Sharma have been dismissed from the Ashok Gehlot cabinet while the other ministers have been retained. Murari Lal Meena, Zahida Khan, Rajendra Singh Gudha and Brijendra Ola are the four ministers of the state.

Furthermore, 12 new ministers are being included in the Rajasthan cabinet. Hemaran Choudhary, Zahida Khan, Murari Lal Meena, Rajendra Singh Gudha and Brijendra Ola who are now included in the CM Gehlot cabinet are seen as Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s “loyalists”. While on the other hand, six of the new ministers are seen as belonging to the Gehlot camp.

With the inclusion of these new members, the overall number of ministers in the state council will now stand at 30, the maximum number of cabinet ministers, including the chief minister, that the state is permitted to have. The Rajasthan Congress MLAs who swore in as ministers gathered earlier in the day with other leaders at the party office in Jaipur.

Govind Singh Dotasra felicitated them at the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) office, while the chief minister of the state and AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan, Ajay Maken addressed them the responsibilities further.

Ahead of the cabinet reshuffle, all the ministers in Congress-ruled Rajasthan had resigned during the meeting at Ashok Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur on Saturday. Later, Gehlot met governor Kalraj Mishra at the Raj Bhawan to exchange views on the future course of action.

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