17 Dec 2023

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Update: Is Cabinet expansion imminent? What are challenge for both BJP and CM Mohan Yadav.?

Following the assumption of office by the Chief Minister Mohan Yadav and two Deputy Chief Ministers in Madhya Pradesh, the next crucial step involves the selection of ministerial candidates, posing a significant challenge for both the party and CM Mohan Yadav. 

Although the finalization of ministerial names is slated to occur in Bhopal, active discussions have already commenced regarding potential candidates. CM Mohan Yadav is scheduled to travel to Delhi today on Sunday where it is anticipated that he will engage in discussions with senior party leaders on the cabinet's expansion. However, insider information suggests that the ministerial names may be decided in Delhi.

Social media post by CM has fueled speculation

A recent social media post by CM Mohan Yadav has fueled speculation about an imminent cabinet expansion. The post stated, "Chief Minister Mohan Yadav will convene a meeting with officials from the Ujjain division today, followed by meetings in all remaining divisions of the state. Mohan Sarkar's cabinet meeting is scheduled in Ujjain on January 14, coinciding with Makar Sankranti."

The post has led to speculation that, besides the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, other ministers may also participate in the cabinet meeting on January 14, contributing to the growing rumors of an impending cabinet expansion in the state.

RSS veterans are deliberating on potential cabinet members

Meanwhile, veterans of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are actively deliberating on potential cabinet members. The selection and subsequent allocation of departments pose a formidable challenge for Chief Minister Mohan Yadav, the party, and central leadership. Intensive efforts are underway to finalize names within the next day or two, paving the way for the formation of a new cabinet in the state.

Allocation of responsibilities to Union leaders remains undecided

A significant hurdle for the organization is the return of central leaders to Madhya Pradesh following the election. However, the allocation of responsibilities for these leaders remains undecided, adding complexity to the BJP's cabinet expansion efforts. Notably, prominent leaders like Prahlad Patel, Rakesh Singh, Riti Pathak, and Rao Uday Pratap Singh, who have secured seats in the Legislative Assembly, are currently at the center of discussions regarding the assignment of new responsibilities for them and their supporting MLAs. 

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