Bhopal, July 2: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday inducted 28 legislators to expand his cabinet. Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel administrated the oath of office and secrecy to newly-inducted 20 cabinet ministers and eight junior ministers. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had finalised the list of ministers after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Madhya Pradesh: Audio Clip of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Allegedly Saying 'Central Leadership Ordered Us to Dislodge Kamal Nath Govt' Goes Viral, Congress Slams BJP.
The list of newly-inducted ministers includes Gopal Bhargava, Bhupendra Singh Arvind Bhadoria, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Ramkhelawan Patel, Imarti Devi, Prabhuram Choudhary, Pradhuman Singh Tomar among others.
More than three months have passed since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was formed in the state. Cabinet expansion has been under discussion for a long time. Only five ministers were sworn in after Chouhan returned as Chief Minister. They were BJP leaders Narottam Mishra, Kamal Patel and Meena Singh while two ministers, Govind Singh Rajput and Tulsi Silawat, have been inducted from the ranks of ex-Congress MLAs, who had switched over to the BJP in mid-March.
Asked about the discontent brewing in the state BJP and the ongoing churning in the party over the cabinet expansion, Chouhan had on Wednesday said that the "churning produces nectar but Lord Shiva drinks the poison."