35 aspirants for ‘9 berths’ in Rajasthan rejig

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New Delhi: Besides nominating new ministers, Congress may also appoint ‘parliamentary secretaries’ in Rajasthan in a bid to accommodate aspirations as the upcoming ministerial expansion of Ashok Gehlot government has become a tightrope walk.
Sources said the ministerial expansion is likely to happen soon with calculations swirling around nine vacancies in the Gehlot ministry with about 35 aspirants.
While the Sachin Pilot camp has a demand of around 6-7 berths, 10 independents supporting the government are hopeful as are six MLAs of BSP who merged with Congress.
Among others are at least 10 senior Congress members who expect to be rewarded in the normal course. Pilot has vented his grievance that the “resolution” of his grievances has not happened despite being promised by the Congress leadership.
A special consideration is being given by the Gehlot camp to the independents who won on their own strength after being denied a ticket by Congress but still came back to support the party which eventually formed the government. There is also a desire to keep the former BSP contingent happy.

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