SRINAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to reshuffle its ministers in the cabinet before the seat of government moves to Srinagar from Jammu. “The party is waiting for (Ram) Madhav ji, who currently is in Russia, to return to the country. He will arrive on April 22, then the party high command will sit and take a decision. There is every likeliness that the reshuffle will take place before the Darbar move,” a BJP leader who is among the decision-makers on the reshuffle told Kashmir Reader, on the condition of anonymity.
The ‘Darbar Move’ is a century-old practice of the state government to shift the state capital every six months between Jammu and Srinagar. The durbar will move on May 7, to return to Srinagar after going to Jammu for six months in October last year.
Days ago, a high-level state BJP meeting was held in Trikuta Nagar in Jammu in which all BJP ministers were asked to resign by party chief in J&K, Sat Sharma. He is supposed to forward the new list of candidates to the BJP’s central leadership in New Delhi, where the portfolios will be allotted.
The BJP leader said it is not known who will get which portfolio, but it is a given that new faces will be given a chance. He said the criterion is the “performance” and the capacity of the candidate to work for the party and build its image.
At present, BJP has Nirmal Singh (Deputy Chief Minister), Bali Baghat, Kavinder Gupta, Sajjad Lone, Chering Dorje, and Shyam Lal Chowdhury as ministers. Chander Prakash Ganaga and Lal Singh have resigned from the cabinet. Sunil Kumar Sharma and Priya Sethi are Ministers of State (MoS).
“No one can say who will get which ministry. There are speculations in the media but nothing can be said. The final decision will be taken by the BJP high command,” the BJP leader added.