A cabinet reshuffle in the Rajasthan government is likely to take place on Sunday evening. All the ministers in the Ashok Gehlot led state cabinet resigned on Saturday, just a day before the likely reshuffle in the Rajasthan Cabinet.
The ministers submitted their resignation just after a meeting of the Rajasthan council of ministers was held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur at 7 pm on Saturday. AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken was also present at the chief minister’s residence.
On Friday, three Rajasthan ministers – state education minister Govind Singh Dotasra, Harish Chaudhary and Raghu Sharma – submitted their resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. They wrote to Sonia Gandhi and expressed their wish to work in the party organisation and step down from their posts.
The swearing in of the new cabinet is likely to take place at around 4 PM on Sunday. Not only the Congress MLAs, independents who support the government but also the MLAs who defected from the BSP to Congress also have expectations from the reshuffle.
At present, there are 21 members in the Council of Ministers including the chief minister. There can be a maximum of 30 members in the Council of Ministers in the state where the number of MLAs is 200.
According to the sources, “There were nine vacancies, and three submitted their resignation yesterday, taking the tally to 12 but it is expected that two to three more ministers can be dropped. In addition to this, there are also possibilities of the appointment of a few parliamentary secretaries.”