Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will constitute his Council of Ministers at a function at the Raj Bhavan here today, official sources said today. Preparations are underway for the oath taking ceremony, which would be conducted at 1530 hrs tomorrow. Mr Chouhan today met Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at the Raj Bhavan and held discussions with him for about 15 minutes in this regard following which he accorded his consent for the formation of Council of Ministers.
“Presently, the Council will be small and the Cabinet is likely to be expanded after the general elections,” the Chief Minister told media after meeting the Governor.
Under the prescribed rules, the strength of the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha is 231 — including a nominated member — which means that Mr Chouhan cannot have more than 35 members in his Council, including himself.
Mr Chouhan took the oath of office and secrecy as the state’s chief minister at a grand function at Jamboori Ground here on December 14. It is believed that about 15 ministers would be inducted in Mr Chouhan’s Council of Ministers. The ruling BJP has 165 members in the Vidhan Sabha with no dearth of experienced leaders. Besides competence, regional equations would be taken into account during the formation of Council of Ministers.