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Chhattisgarh CM Expands Cabinet, 9 Minister Sworns

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| December 25 , 2018 , 16:19 IST

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expanded his cabinet for the first time by inducting nine Congress MLAs, on Tuesday. The function was held at the Police Parade Ground in Chhattisgarh's capital, Raipur.

The MLAs took the oath in Hindi under the administration of Governor Anandiben Patel.

Those sworn in leaders included four-time MLA Mohammad Akbar, the lone Muslim face inducted into the Cabinet, former Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey, Jaisingh Agrawal and two-time MLA Umesh Patel.

Woman MLA Anila Bhedia, tribal leaders Kawasi Lakhma and Premsai Singh Tekam was part of the 12 Cabinet Ministers.

State Congress's working president Shiv Kumar Daharia and Rudra Guru, also the face of Scheduled Caste community took oath as ministers.

Senior Congress leader P L Punia, Chief Minister Baghel and other leaders were present on the occasion. The Chhattisgarh Cabinet can have a maximum of 13 ministers, including the Chief Minister.

The Congress returned to power in the state after 15 years, dislodging the Raman Singh-led BJP government.

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The Rahul Gandhi-led party bagged 68 of the total 90 seats in the Assembly, while the BJP won only 15 seats.

Baghel travelled to Delhi and met the Congress leadership to finalise the names on Friday evening in a meeting, which was also attended by Singhdeo.

Indications from the Congress are that each division in the state will get its share of ministers, with SCs, STs and women likely to get representation.