The Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly has 230 chairs. As per the rule, the number of Ministers in the state can't exceed 15% of the Assembly's strength. Madhya Pradesh can have 34 ministers.
Almost a month after he took over as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday undertook an exercise to expand his Cabinet. A total of five ministers took oath of office and secrecy. The oath was administered to them by Governor Lalji Tandon at at a simple function in the Raj Bhawan amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown in Bhopal.
Those who were administered the oath include Narottam Mishra, Kamal Patel, Meena Singh, Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput.
Among the new entrants are two ex-MLAs Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput, both supporters of former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who with 22 MLAs, including six ministers, quit Congress last month to join BJP and resulted in the collapse of the Kamal Nath government.
The Cabinet was not expanded since Shivraj took oath as CM for the fourth time on March 23, after his predecessor Kamal Nath of the Congress stepped down. The BJP leader could not get time to set up the council of ministers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Opposition Congress was attacking Chouhan and the BJP over absence of council of ministers at a time when the state is battling surge in COVID-19 cases.
The Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly has 230 chairs. As per the rule, the number of Ministers in the state can’t exceed 15% of the Assembly’s strength. Madhya Pradesh can have 34 ministers.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was present at the ceremony. The state was without a cabinet since last two months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chouhan was sworn in CM on March 23.