All Rajasthan ministers submitted their resignations to the chief minister on Saturday, paving the way for the Cabinet rejig in the state.
After Punjab, another Congress-ruled state is set to see a major Cabinet rejig. All ministers in the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government submitted their resignations to the chief minister on Saturday, paving the way for the Cabinet rejig in the state. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra at the Raj Bhawan on Saturday to submit the resignations.
The resignations were announced after a meeting of the Rajasthan council of ministers chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at his official residence in Jaipur at 7 pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, all the ministers have been asked to reach the state Congress headquarters at 2 pm. The swearing-in of the new Cabinet is likely to take place at 4 pm.
Former state Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara, who had resigned from the state Cabinet on Friday along with two other ministers, confirmed the names of the MLAs who are going to take oath on Sunday.
A total of 12 new ministers are going to take oath on Sunday while three sitting Ministers of State are going to be promoted to the Cabinet. All these three ministers are from Scheduled Caste communities.
Among the new ministers to take oath as cabinet ministers are Hemaram Chaudhary, Mahendrajit Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, Mamta Bhupesh Barwa, Bhajanlal Jatav, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat, the sources said.
Those who will take oath as the new ministers of state on Sunday are Jahida, Brijendra Singh Ola, Rajendra Durha and Muralilal Meena.
For the first time, the Rajasthan Cabinet is going to have four Dalit ministers, who are backed by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, sources told India Today. Mamata Bhupesh, Bhajanlal Jatav, Tikaram Juli, and Govind Meghwal are set to become Cabinet ministers.
The Cabinet will also have three members from the Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities, besides three women, including a Muslim face.
Rajendra Singh Gudha, who switched over to the Congress from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), also figures in the Cabinet.
Five berths for Sachin Pilot camp
Meanwhile, Sachin Pilot's camp has got five berths -- Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, and Hemaram Choudhary in the Cabinet and Murari Lal Meena and Brijendra Singh Ola for Minister of State.
In place of Pilot, Shakuntala Rawat from the Gurjar community, from which Pilot also belongs, has been selected for the Cabinet.
Earlier, the Rajasthan Cabinet had three ministers from Sachin Pilot, including himself.
What happens to those who are left out of Cabinet?
Sources said that those who were ignored during the Cabinet expansion would be given other roles within the government.
Seven advisors and 15 parliamentary secretaries would be made to the chief minister.
MLAs who switched over to the Congress from the BSP and independents would find a place in the panel of 15 parliamentary secretaries.
Even after this, many MLAs will be given appointments in board corporations and other corporations.
For long, former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot had been demanding that those who toiled hard for the Congress when it was in the opposition should be made a part of the government and organisational structure.
It is believed that after the final go-ahead was given by the party high command, Rajasthan Congress in-charge Ajay Maken arrived in Jaipur to oversee the Cabinet reconstitution.
Ajay Maken held long discussions with CM Ashok Gehlot and the state Congress in charge - Govind Singh Dotasara -about the possible new entrants to the Congress government in Rajasthan.
Sachin Pilot and several of his loyalists, who were sidelined after the public tussle between Gehlot and Pilot last year, have been cooling their heels for more than a year.
Sachin Pilot, along with 18 other Rajasthan Congress MLAs, had turned rebel last year against the leadership of Ashok Gehlot and left Rajasthan. They had returned after an apparent truce was brought about by the Gandhi family between the warring factions.