Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh resigns ahead of cabinet reshuffle, Kavinder Gupta to be sworn in

Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh has resigned ahead of Monday's reshuffle of the state cabinet, according to several media reports.

Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh resigns ahead of cabinet reshuffle, Kavinder Gupta to be sworn in

File photo of Nirmal Singh. News18

ANI reported that Kavinder Gupta will be sworn in as Singh's replacement.

On Sunday, Governor NN Vohra extended a formal invitation for the event.

The swearing-in of new ministers in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet by the governor is scheduled to held at noon at the Convention Centre instead of Raj Bhavan, as all government offices in Jammu shut down on Saturday ahead of a six-month sojourn in summer capital Srinagar.

Vohra extended invitation to state ministers, legislators and the media for the event.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sources said that no new faces from the party will be inducted in the council of ministers.

One ministerial berth that fell vacant after the dropping of then Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu from the council of ministers will not be filled by the ruling party now.

The sources, however, did not rule out minor reallocation of portfolios among the PDP ministers.

Its coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to induct some new faces and also withdraw some of its ministers from the council of ministers.

The names doing the rounds for ministerial berths include BJP state unit president Sat Sharma, Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, Sukhnandan Choudhary, Shakti Parihar, Rajesh Jasrota, and Ravinder Raina. BJP's junior minister Sunil Sharma is likely to be elevated to cabinet rank.

The reshuffle was due ever since two BJP ministers Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga were asked to resign due to a controversy over their participation in a Hindu Ekta Manch rally in support of the accused in the Kathua rape-murder case.

The BJP sought and received resignations of all party ministers in the council of ministers, though only two were forwarded to the chief minister.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Apr 29, 2018 22:58:21 IST

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