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Madhya Pradesh: CM Mohan Yadav to expand Cabinet, induct 28 ministers today

Dec 25, 2023 11:06 AM IST

A BJP leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yadav’s Cabinet will have new faces and senior leaders, including members of Parliament, who successfully contested the assembly elections

As many as 28 ministers were likely to be sworn in as part of the first expansion of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav’s council of ministers on Monday, days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) implemented a generational shift by naming him as the state’s top elected official.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav. (PTI)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav. (PTI)

A BJP leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Yadav’s Cabinet will have new faces and senior leaders, including members of Parliament, who successfully contested the state assembly elections. Some ministers in the previous government were also likely to be sworn in.

Yadav handed over the list of the ministers to be inducted to Governor Mangubhai Patel ahead of the expansion. Patel was scheduled to administer the oath of office and secrecy to the ministers at 3.30pm.

The BJP stormed back to power in Madhya Pradesh this month, winning 163 of 230 seats while Congress bagged 66.

Yadav, 58, and his deputies, Jagdish Deoda and Rajendra Shukla, were sworn in on December 13. The three-time lawmaker was named the chief minister, replacing Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who ruled the central Indian state for 16 of the last 18 years over four terms.

A strong votary of hardline Hindu politics, Yadav hit the headlines last week when he promised to work to shift the Prime Meridian, the line of longitude used as the global reference for time, from Greenwich (England) to Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.

Yadav told the state assembly that his government would “prove that Ujjain is the global Prime Meridian”. He stressed that he would push to “correct the time of the world”, referencing an ancient Hindu astronomical belief that the city was once considered India’s central meridian.

He blamed Westernisation for ruining the world and said his government would collaborate with scientific minds to reverse this “rot”.

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