Hooda ministry expansion postponed
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 05, 2009, 23:08
Chandigarh: The expansion of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led ministry in Haryana, which was scheduled for tomorrow, was postponed reportedly due to differences over whom to induct.

An official spokesman told agency here tonight that the expansion of the ministry tomorrow has been postponed and it is expected to take place on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the expansion of the one-man ministry comprising Hooda had been officially announced.

The spokesman did not specify the reason for the postponement but Congress sources said it was necessitated as talks within the party as also with the Independent MLAs, who supported the party-led government were inconclusive.

Hooda and other senior leaders of the party, including Randeep Surjewala and Kiran Choudhary, both of whom are aspirants to the ministry, are camping in Delhi.

Besides, negotiations are on with Kuldeep Bishnoi led Haryana Janhit Congress, which has six MLAs, in Delhi where the Chief Minister is camping.

Since Congress failed to get a majority on its own having won only 40 seats in the 90-member state assembly, Hooda, with the support of seven Independents, had won the vote of confidence in the state assembly last week.

Opposition INLD has 30 members, BJP four and one member belongs to Shiromani Akali Dal besides the six of HJC.

Ellenabad seat is vacant following the resignation of INLD Chief Om Parkash Chautala who chose to retain his Uchana Kala assembly seat.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 05, 2009, 23:08

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