Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], June 30 (ANI): The cabinet expansion of Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has been delayed due to demand being raised for ministerial posts to loyalists of Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The expected cabinet expansion will not take place tomorrow.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended a meeting in the BJP office here and said there will be no cabinet expansion tomorrow.
Sources said that there has been brainstorming in Delhi for two days about the expansion of BJP government in the state but there has not been a final decision on the names.
They said Scindia, who joined the BJP in March, has sought more representation for his loyalists.
The sources said that supporters of Scindia are keen on 10 ministerial berths from about 25 new inductions likely to be made in Chouhan government and the state BJP state leadership has not agreed to it.
Scindia may meet Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue.
Two of five ministers in Shivraj Singh Chouhan government - ministers Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput - are considered loyalists of Scindia.
Sources said BJP has assured ministerial berths to Bisahulal Singh, Hardeep Singh Dang, Andal Singh Kansana and Ranveer Singh Jatav, who are among MLAs who resigned from Congress to join the BJP but are not considered loyalists of Scindia.
The state BJP leadership feels that if 10 more berths are given to the loyalists of Scindia, the party will not be able to give adequate representation to traditional supporters of the party.
Chouhan again became Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in March after 22 Congress MLAs resigned from the party reducing the Kamal Nath government to a minority. (ANI)