According to an official statement, chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has retained control of the finance, general administration, home, planning, and personnel portfolios despite intense lobbying for cabinet positions in Himachal Pradesh.
His deputy, Mukesh Agnihotri, has been given the jal shakti, transportation, and language, arts, and culture departments.
The notification that was released on Tuesday night stated that Sukhu will hold all other ministries that have not been assigned to any ministers.
ACT OF BALANCING
On Friday, the 100th day of the march, Sukhu and every other Congress MLA will join party leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Alwar, Rajasthan. The state’s new cabinet’s expansion is anticipated to be delayed by this.
Sukhu had stated on Monday that the cabinet would be enlarged after consulting with the Congress high command and would include a mixture of professionals, young people, and representation from all sections. Finding a balance between the many regions, classes, and factions will be difficult.
Sukhu will take a plane to New Delhi to meet with top party officials. Rajiv Shukla, the Himachal Pradesh representative for the All India Congress Committee, has been tasked with ensuring fair representation in the cabinet.
Out of the 68 assembly seats, the Congress won 40, including 10 in Kangra, 7 in Shimla, 4 each in Una, Solan, and Hamirpur, 3 in Sirmaur, 2 in Chamba, and 1 in each of the districts of Mandi, Bilaspur, Kinnaur, and Lahaul and Spiti.
A candidate for a position in the government, Jagat Singh Negi recently won Kinnaur for the fourth time. Grandson of the late chief minister Ram Lal Thakur, Rohit Thakur, is a prominent MLA in the Shimla district. For the fourth time, he won using his usual Jubal Kotkhai seat.
Four-time Rampur Bushahr MLA Nand Lal and her son Vikramaditya Singh are being pushed for inclusion by state Congress president Pratibha Singh.
Former cabinet members Sudhir Sharma (Jawali), Sunder Singh Thakur (Kullu), Kuldeep Pathania (Bhatiyyat), Rajesh Dharmani (Ghumarwin), Chandrashekhar (Dharampur), Ashish Butail (Palampur), a prominent member of the business community, and Raghubir Singh Bali (Nagrota Bagwan), a first-time candidate, are also vying for a position The current urban development minister Suresh Bhardwaj was beaten by Anirudh Singh. Mohan Lal Brakta, a three-time MLA for Rohru, and Kuldeep Rathore, the former state Congress president, are both running.
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