28 new ministers join Shivraj Chouhan cabinet; Scindia camp wins big

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday carried out a major expansion of his cabinet, inducting 28 new members, a dozen of them former Congress MLAs whose rebellion contributed in the collapse of the Congress government in March.
Of the 28 new ministers, 16 are BJP legislators, while 12 are former Congress MLAs – most of them Jyotiraditya Scindia supporters – who joined the saffron outfit more than three months and will now have to face bypolls.
The much-awaited expansion indicates Scindia, now a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, managed to get several of his supporters accommodated in the Chouhan cabinet.
Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to the ministers at Raj Bhawan. Covid-19 protocols were followed at the swearing in ceremony.
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The new ministers include 20 of cabinet rank and eight ministers of state. The Chouhan ministry strength is now 34.


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