Expansion in H.P cabinet soon: cm

Shimla: The cabinet expansion will take place shortly, said Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on the sidelines of a function here on Saturday. The chief minister said he had consulted the party high command regarding the cabinet expansion recently. Thakur had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi two days ago amidst reports of cabinet expansion.

The expansion will be affected to fill two ministerial berths, which have been lying vacant for the past several months. Anil Sharma, who was the power minister in the state government, had to resign after his son Aashray contested on the Congress ticket from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat this year.

Anil had refused to campaign for the BJP candidate from Mandi, Ram Swaroop Sharma. Kishan Kapoor, who was the Dharamshala MLA and civil supplies minister in the state government, had resigned after he was elected to the Lok Sabha in May from Kangra. There are unconfirmed reports that one or two ministers may be dropped from the cabinet and new faces may be inducted.

The CM further stated that the issue of spreading canard against some senior leaders of the party, including ministers, through social media had also reached the party high command and strong action would be taken against those indulging in such nefarious activities. Earlier, he addressed the inaugural session of a national conference on “Western Himalaya Kshetra Main Rishi Parampara”, organised by Thakur Jagdev Chand Memorial Research Institute, Hamirpur, and the Himachal Art Culture and Language Academy, at Neri.