HP cabinet expansion likely before budget session

Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 23:47

Shimla: The expansion of the Himachal
Pradesh cabinet is likely before the budget session of state
assembly to fill the berth vacated by resignation of JP
Nadda who resigned in April last year following his
appointment as national general secretary of BJP.

Nadda was the only Brahmin minister in the 12-member
cabinet and there was no representative of the caste in the
cabinet after his resignation.

Chief Minister PK Dhumal had last evening met BJP
National Vice President Shanta Kumar at his residence at
Palampur amid speculation that the two leaders discussed
cabinet expansion.

Dhumal told mediapersons at Dharamsala on Friday that cabinet
expansion would take place soon to fill the vacancy but he did
not elaborate whether it would be only addition of one
minister or a major reshuffle.

The maximum number of cabinet minister, including the
chief minister, was twelve and in the present team, six out of
eleven ministers including the chief minister, are from Rajput
community, three from OBC, one each from business community
and SC.

The number of Brahmin MLAs in the 42-member legislature
party was seven and the choice was limited to Suresh
bharadwaj, Khushi Ram Balnatah, Randhir Sharma and state BJP
president Khimi Ram.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 23:47

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