No Cabinet reshuffle in Punjab before 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Updated:  Nov 16, 2018, 10:00 AM
Cabinaet reshuffle in Punjab government is put on hold and will be done after the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
The decision regarding appointment of chairpersons of several boards and corporations also have to wait. The final decision on when the process to start the appointment would begin has been left pending for now.
These decisions were taken during two separate meetings between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and AICC president Rahul Gandhi which was preceded by a collective meeting between Amarinder, Rahul, PPCC president Sunil Kumar Jakhar, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Punjab’s Secretary in-charge Harish Chaudhary.
Earlier, Amarinder has been noticed discussing performance of his Cabinet colleagues with Rahul in his one-to-one meeting with the party chief. The Punjab CM had taken the report card of nearly half a dozen ministers on the basis of their performance and several complaints.
Asource close to the CM claim alleged that Rahul asked Arminder to wait till the LS elections for the proposed reshuffle. Rahul also said that currently all his attention was at the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan.
CMO has prepared reports of minister whose portfolio were proposed to be changed. The changes were also suggested and those who were to be given added responsibilities were also mentioned in the dossier.
The issue of appointment as chairpersons is also discussed in the meeting. Concerns that with the appointment of MLAs, several non-MLAs may be upset were also aired. The Congress President asked the CM to make sure that the chairpersons were appointed strictly in accordance with rules so that these pass legal scrutiny.
The meetings also discussed the responsiblity of Punjab leaders in the states going to Assembly polls in recent future.
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