While Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena will make a comeback, the other faces in the new-look ministry include Hemaram Chaudhary, Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Govindram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat. Three of the junior ministers from the previous ministry — Mamta Bhupesh Bairwa, Bhajanlal Jatav and Tikaram Juli – are being elevated to cabinet rank. The four new junior ministers are Zahida Khan, Rajendra Gudha, Brijendra Singh Ola and Murarilal Meena.
In the reconstituted government, the Pilot and Gehlot camps have five and seven members, respectively. Hemaram, Brijendra and Murarilal are the new faces from the Pilot camp. Zahida and Shakuntala, both known to be loyal to Gehlot, are among three women in the ministry along with Mamta.
The buzz earlier in the day was that outgoing cabinet ministers Raghu Sharma and Harish Chaudhary and minister of state for school education Govind Singh Dotasra wouldn’t make the cut in keeping with the party’s one-man-one-post principle. AICC general secretary Ajay Maken had said the previous day that some ministers wished to “work in the party organisation rather than be part of the government”. Sharma, the outgoing health minister, was recently made AICC in-charge of Gujarat while revenue minister Chaudhary was appointed in-charge of Punjab. Dotasra was appointed PCC president last year.
Outgoing transport minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the CLP meeting would be held at the state party headquarters in Jaipur at 2pm on Sunday, followed by the swearing-in at Raj Bhavan in the evening. At the Kisan Vijay Diwas rally in Jaipur during the day, CM Gehlot claimed he was unaware who would be part of the new-look council of ministers. “Only the high command and Ajay Maken know. I am also curious to know who will win the lottery,” he said.
Sources said women and minorities were being given adequate representation in the new ministry, more so after party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi announced in UP that women would get 50% of the tickets to contest the assembly polls there.