Cab­i­net ex­pan­sion: CM likely to meet Rahul on April 19

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

CHANDI­GARH: Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh is likely to meet Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on April 19 to dis­cuss the ex­pan­sion of the state cab­i­net, and a host of other is­sues. Party’s state unit pres­i­dent Su­nil Jakhar is also ex­pected to take part in the meet­ing.

The ex­pan­sion of the 13-month-old Cap­tain cab­i­net has been on the cards for more than six months now.

The gov­ern­ment de­cided to ex­pand the cab­i­net af­ter the Ludhiana mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion elec­tions on Fe­bru­ary 24. Be­fore that, it was pushed be­yond the civic body polls in De­cem­ber last year. Ini­tially, dis­cus­sions were held in the party cir­cles for a cab­i­net ex­pan­sion af­ter the Gur­daspur Lok Sabha by­poll that took place in Oc­to­ber last year.

There are eight min­is­ters in the Amarinder cab­i­net and as per the for­mula, the state can have 18 min­is­ters. The names do­ing rounds for a min­is­te­rial berth in­clude OP Soni, Raj Ku­mar Verka, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Vi­jay In­der Singla, Kuljit Na­gra, Sukhjin­der Rand­hawa, Rakesh Pandey and Par­gat Singh. Sidhu’s case was none of the Akalis’ busi­ness and they should stay out of it.

“There was no is­sue at all. I don’t know why it was blown out of pro­por­tion. I went to meet the CM that day (April 12) in the sec­re­tar­iat and CM be­ing busy, I came back,” Jakhar told HT, con­trary to re­ports that Jakhar was asked to de­posit his phone be­fore en­ter­ing CM’S of­fice. at which he left in a huff.

The CM again ruled out the need for Sidhu’s res­ig­na­tion over the Supreme Court pro­ceed­ings in the road rage case against him. He lam­basted the Akalis for seek­ing his res­ig­na­tion, ask­ing them to keep out of the af­fair.

In re­ply to a query on the Phag­wara clash, the CM said the sit­u­a­tion was “com­pletely un­der con­trol”.

“There was no law and or­der prob­lem,” said the chief min­is­ter.

DE­PART­MENTS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PRE­PARE A RE­PORT IN 15 DAYS; NEXT MEET­ING WILL BE HELD ON MAY 3

Rahul Gandhi

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