Madhya Pradesh Cabinet expansion: Five BJP leaders, including two Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalists, take oath as ministers
Three present and two former legislators were sworn in as ministers in the first expansion of the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet
Bhopal: Three present and two former legislators were on Tuesday sworn in as ministers in the first expansion of the council of ministers in Madhya Pradesh.
The five were sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at a simple function in the Raj Bhawan amid the coronavirus -induced lockdown. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was present at the ceremony.
The state was without a cabinet since a month owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chouhan was sworn in CM on 23 March to head the BJP-led government in the state.
Among the new entrants, two ex-MLAs Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput are supporters of former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who with 22 MLAs, including six ministers, quit Congress last month to join BJP.
Former BJP ministers Narottam Mishra, Meena Singh and Kamal Patel were also inducted in the cabinet in Tuesday's expansion.
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