One lady among 23 newly sworn-in minister in Rajasthan

According to the Congress insiders, the shortlisting has been done keeping allies and caste-equations in mind.

The 23 newly elected legislators — 22 Congress and one RLD — were sworn in as ministers in the Rajasthan on Monday.

The oath ceremony in which 13 cabinet ministers and 10 state ministers sworn in, was administered by Governor Kalyan Singh at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur. The event was attended by deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and senior Congress leaders.

Keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to be held in 2019, the freshly inducted ministers is a batch of experienced and young ministers. Moreover, one former royal from Bharatpur Vishwendra Singh and a woman lawmaker Mamta Bhupesh have also been included in the cabinet.

However senior ministers like CP Joshi, Bharat Singh and former speaker Dipendra Singh, have been kept out of the cabinet, a move which has raised eyebrows.

The names of the council of ministers have been finalised by the state Congress leaders including Gehlot and Pilot after rounds of discussions.

According to the Congress insiders, the shortlisting has been done keeping allies and caste-equations in mind. A  senior Congress leader said, "In future cabinet could be further expanded. At present, there are two Rajputs, two Vaishyas, one Muslim, four Jats, three Scheduled Tribes, four Scheduled Castes, four OBCs and one Gujjar". 

Rajasthan can have a total of 30 ministers, including the chief minister. As of now out of 30 seats, 25 are filled including CM and deputy CM. 

As per the sources, AICC general secretary in charge of Rajasthan, Avinash Pandey and Congress observer for the State on government formation, K.C. Venugopal, besides AICC secretaries for the State, was also involved in the deliberations for deciding on the ministers.

Gehlot and Pilot were sworn in as CM and Dy CM on December 17 in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and leaders of several other opposition parties.

In the recently held Assembly election, the Congress won 99 seats and enjoys the support of six BSP MLAs and lone RLD MLA. The BJP had won 73 seats in the 200-member House. However, the election in Ramgarh constituency was postponed due to the demise of BSP candidate Lakshman Singh.

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