Himachal Pradesh cabinet expansion: Seven ministers take oath | Shimla News

SHIMLA: Exactly a month after coming to power, the government led by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu expanded the cabinet with the swearing-in of seven ministers at Raj Bhawan in Shimla on Sunday. While up to three ministers are selected from Shimla district, each is selected from Solan, Kangra, Sirmaur and Kinnaur districts.
Before expanding the cabinet, Sukhu also took the oath before six parliamentary secretaries.
The seven sworn ministers include Dhani Ram Shandil from Solan district, Chander Kumar from Kangra district, Harshwardhan Chauhan from Sirmaur district, Jagat Singh Negi from Kinnaur district alongside Rohit Thakur, Anirudh Singh and Vikramaditya Singh from Shimla district.
While trying to ensure regional balance, Sukhu also tried to balance the caste in expanding the cabinet. Shandil belongs to the Scheduled Caste community, Chander Kumar is the OBC, Jagat Singh Negi is the Scheduled Tribe while Harshwardhan Chauhan, Rohit Anirudh and Vikaramaditya Singh are the Rajputs.
To please the MLAs who were not considered for cabinet posts, Sukhu appointed them as parliamentary secretary-general. The six MLAs appointed as chief parliamentary secretary include Sunder Singh Thakur from Kullu district, Mohan Lal Brakta from Shimla district, Ram Kumar Chaudhary from Solan district, Ashish Butitail and Kishori Lal from Kangra district and Sanjay Awasthi from Solan district.
On December 8, last year, the National Assembly came to power Himachal Pradesh by winning 40 seats out of 68 seats and three days later, on 11 December, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu (58) was sworn in as the 15th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh in a ceremony held at Ridge Maidan history of Shimla while Mukesh Agnihotri was sworn in as deputy minister.
Since then, the Parliamentary government has worked with the minister and deputy prime minister as the cabinet could not be formed due to intense infighting and lobbying among the warring factions to regulate their MLA within the cabinet. the.
In Himachal Pradesh, the cabinet can have 12 members and with the establishment of 7 ministers, now the total number of members of the Cabinet has reached 9 and still 3 seats are vacant. It is said that some high-ranking MLAs not considered for the cabinet are not satisfied with the prime minister and this could intensify the internal fighting within the Parliament in the coming days.
This time, not only senior MLAs but even first timers are jostling for cabinet positions but Sukhu has decided to present MLAs who have won three or more elections with Vikramaditya Singh as an outsider. Single rate won the second time from Shimla (Rural) constituency.


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