Nirmal, Kavinder Swapping Status As BJP Finalises Its Cabinet Reshuffle

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With Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh resigning from the council of ministers late Sunday evening the much awaited reshuffle in the PDP-BJP coalition ministry seems to have been finalised. Kavinder Gupta to be the new Deputy Chief Minister of the state, reported ANI. In fact, it was Singh, who had told PTI last week that his government will carry out a major reshuffle in next few days.

The BJP, according to sources, has taken the resignation of two ministers over their alleged participation in the Hindu Ekta Manch rally in Kathua to its advantage by giving a new look to the ministry in the backdrop of increasing disenchantment among the people of Jammu over the performance of existing lot of ministers, allegations of non-performance and corruption. BJP's junior minister Sunil Sharma is likely to be elevated to cabinet rank.

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 names of those likely to be inducted into the cabinet are likely to be forwarded to Governor N N Vohra after the arrival of BJP's National General Secretary Ram Madhav in Jammu tomorrow morning.

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

Officials said the function is being held at the convention centre instead of Raj Bhavan as Jammu and Kashmir government has already shifted its base to summer capital Srinagar as part of the bi-annual "darbar move", under which the government functions six months each in the twin capital cities.

Sources further added that speculations are rife that four to five ministers may be replaced into the BJP's fold after the important meeting, besides reshuffle in the portfolios.

Later, he also took a round of the premises to oversee the preparations being made for the successful conduct of the ceremony.