Shivraj Singh Chouhan expanded his cabinet today 29 days after returning to power in Madhya Pradesh. Governor Lalji Tandon administered oath to two pro-Scindia and three BJP MLAs as ministers at Raj Bhavan.
Narottam Mishra, Meena Singh and Kamal Patel were sworn in from the BJP while Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput were sworn in from the Jyotiraditya Scindia faction who had joined the BJP after resigning as MLAs. They have to become members of the Legislative Assembly within the next six months.
The addition of Mishra is being seen as an answer to those who pit him against Chouhan whenever they need to spin a story of ‘internal feud‘ in Madhya Pradesh BJP.
Chouhan had been holding discussions with senior party leaders in Delhi in the past few days about the size and the possible faces in the cabinet.
The governor administered the oath of office and secrecy first to Narottam Mishra. He has been a cabinet minister in the Chouhan government earlier. He was elected for the first time in 1990 to the assembly. He was elected as an MLA from Datia in 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, 2019. He holds an MA and PhD from Jeevaji University in Gwalior.
Tulsi Silawat was the second to be administered the oath of office. He was a minister in the Kamal Nath government. He is considered close to Jyotiraditya Scindia. He was among the 22 rebel MLAs of the Kamal Nath government. He was an MLA from Indore’s Saver assembly seat.
Kamal Patel was sworn in as the minister of Madhya Pradesh next. He is the leader of Madhya Pradesh BJP. He has been elected MLA from Harda assembly constituency five times: 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2018. He has been active in politics since his student life.
Govind Singh Rajput was the fourth to take the oath of office and secrecy. He has been an MLA from Sagar’s Surgi thrice. He was among the 22 rebel MLAs of the Kamal Nath government. He was an MLA from Sarkhi seat in Sagar district. The seat is currently vacant after his resignation.
Meena Singh Mandwe was sworn in as minister at number five. Meena Singh started her political career in 2008 after the death of her husband. He studied at Banaras Hindu University. He is an MLA from Manpur seat in Umaria district.