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Fifteen ministers 11 cabinet and four ministers of state were sworn in on Sunday in Rajasthan, in a much-awaited expansion of the Ashok Gehlot ministry.
Congress and independent MLAs, who had expectations from the Cabinet expansion but were not accommodated in the reshuffle, would be adjusted in political appointments.
The Congress will soon organise programmes at its state unit headquarters for the party workers to share their grievances.
Those who are going to be sworn-in as ministers were felicitated at the the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee office by state chief Govind Singh Dotasra.
While Ramesh Meena said the issues, which were raised by him earlier, have been addressed and there is no resentment, Vishvendra Singh has refrained from talking to the media.
Three ministers of state in Rajasthan who have been elevated to cabinet rank said the promotion was reward for their work and dedication.
A major reshuffle is on the cards in Rajasthan in the next few days and various modalities are being worked out by adopting the 'one man, one post' formula.
The high command wants to settle the matter at the earliest to avoid a crisis situation like Punjab.
The long-pending cabinet reshuffle and political appointments are likely to be discussed and these are set to get the green signal when Gehlot meets Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
As his tenure is nearing the halfway mark, the reshuffle could happen, which may see the exit of a majority of ministers.
Though Congress leaders are claiming that ‘all is well’ in the state unit, the cabinet reshuffle has become a really tough exercise for the party.
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While the high command reportedly set August 15 as the final date to reshuffle the Cabinet, Congress insiders say Gehlot now wants to wait for changes till the panchayat elections are completed.
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