Suspense continues over the lengthy awaited cupboard enlargement in Madhya Pradesh, which, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan promised, will occur quickly. Get together insiders say variations over the candidates’ checklist — coupled with the Central leaders being upset with the Chief Minister over sure points — are liable for the deal.
Final week, Mr Chouhan had promised that the cupboard enlargement will occur quickly. For the reason that get together got here to energy after the Kamal Nath authorities collapsed with the defection of its senior chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and 23 of his MLAs, the federal government has been functioning with solely 5 ministers.
However regardless of a collection of conferences with the Central leaders, there was no consensus over the names, get together sources stated.
Mr Chouhan, who went to Delhi over the week-end, returned to Bhopal this morning and has been tight lipped concerning the final result of the conferences.
Sources say the Jyotiraditya Scindia camp –which joined the BJP after his defection in March — needs 11 berths within the Shivraj Singh Chouhan ministry. Two of the candidates — Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput who had been a part of Kamal Nath’s ministry — took oath on April 21.
However accommodating 9 extra former Congressmen bent on getting rewarded, is proving difficult with the Chief Minister being eager on bringing again his outdated group. Sources stated having the identical names repeatedly within the ministry has proved a degree of friction between the Central leaders and the Chief Minister, who has come to energy for a file fourth time period within the state.
The Central management can be miffed with Mr Chouhan for different causes — together with the GST raids in Indore. Questions are additionally being raised on officers closed to Mr Chouhan calling the tax fraud accused gutkha King Kishore Wadhwani, and the fiasco throughout Rajya Sabha polls, the place a BJP MLA cross-voted.
There are additionally issues that accommodating 11 Scindia loyalists might upset senior BJP legislators who’re eying a cupboard place, and plenty of not go down nicely with get together employees.
The leaders from Gwalior and Chambal — the yard of Jyotiraditya Scindia — are but to return to a consensus on the names from that area. Mr Chouhan is claimed to be eager to have his loyalists Bhupendra Singh, Rampal Singh and Rajendra Shukla within the cupboard.
There have been points additionally with the 2 Deputy Chief Ministers system, which is being linked to state house minister Narottam Mishra’s go to to Delhi.
Mr Mishra — thought of the person behind “Operation Rang Panchami”, the transfer to topple the Kamal Nath authorities — was a contender for the deputy’s put up. The opposite one was Mr Scindia’s shut aide Tulsiram Silawata. Now Mr Chouhan seems to have modified his thoughts about having two deputies, which isn’t prone to go down nicely with the Scindia camp.
Mr Chouhan took oath in March and the primary cupboard enlargement occurred on April 21. Solely 5 ministers took oath on the time and the get together cited the coronavirus disaster for maintaining down the numbers and the festivities. Later, an enlargement was delay citing the Sabha elections.
Sources stated the BJP was nervous that if the cupboard enlargement was performed earlier than the Rajya Sabha elections, it may have an adversarial impact on the end result of the ballot for the get together — indicating that division of berths might not have lived upto the expectations of the previous Congressmen.
On the gala welcome organized for for Jyotiraditya Scindia in Bhopal in March, Mr Chouhan had referred to Mr Scindia as ‘Vibhishan’ — Raavan’s youthful brother in Ramayan, who betrayed him to hitch Ram’s forces.
On Monday, Mr Chouhan had a gathering with Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi, the place he’s recuperating after contracting coronavirus. The MP from Guna has delay his go to to Bhopal and there’s no phrase on his new schedule.
A former MLA of the BJP, Bhanwar Singh Shekawat, in the meantime, has alleged that senior BJP chief Kaikash Vijayavargiya funded almost a dozen BJP rebels in the course of the 2018 Meeting elections which ensured that Shivraj Chouhan couldn’t regain energy for a fourth time period.
State BJP chief VD Sharma stated that Mr Shekawat has been summoned to Bhopal for discussions and motion will probably be taken if required.