Kavinder Gupta Appointed as Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

Kavinder Gupta Appointed as Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

All arrangements have been put in place for the much-awaited reshuffle in the Mehbooba Mufti led Jammu and Kashmir government which would take place here today with the BJP expected to bring in some new faces.

The BJP's state cadre, which met the party top brass in New Delhi last Sunday, has undertaken exercise to finalise the names of new inductees and?performance of the current state ministers. In his place sitting Speaker of the State Assembly Kavinder Gupta is tipped to be the new Deputy Chief Minister.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

Jammu and Kashmir has a coalition government of PDP and the BJP with the former's Mehbooba Mufti being the heading the government as the chief minister.

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The PDP will have Mohd Khalil Band, MLA from Pulwama, and Mohd Ashraf Mir, MLA from Sonwar, as Cabinet ministers, while the BJP will upgrade Sunil Sharma, at present Minister of State for Transport, to the rank of a Cabinet minister, the officials said. Currently, the BJP has six cabinet ministers, including associate member Sajad Lone, and three minister of state in the J&K government. The two ministers had subsequently resigned. "The final list of those cleared for induction by the party high command will be forwarded to Governor N N Vohra tomorrow morning".

Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra will administer the oath of office and secrecy to those being inducted into the council of ministers on Monday noon, an invitation for the ceremony read.

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.

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.

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