Assam Cabinet likely to get eight more ministers in January

  • Assam Cabinet likely to get eight more ministers in January
29-12-2016 | Pratidin Bureau. |

 Assam Cabinet likely to get eight more ministers in January

 

The much-awaited expansion of the Assam Cabinet will take place sometime during the week-long Bhogali Bihu festival that starts on January 14, said state BJP President Ranjit Das on Wednesday.

Eight new ministers will be inducted, including six BJP legislators and one each from the alliance partners the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodoland People's Front (BPF), newly-elected Assam BJP chief Ranjit Das said yesterday.

The Assam cabinet currently has 11 ministers—7 from the BJP, 2 from ally AGP and 2 from ally BPF. As per Article 72 of the Constitution, the number of ministers in the state cabinet cannot exceed 15% of the total number of members in the state legislative assembly.

Assam has 126 legislative assembly members and the maximum number of ministers allowed is 19.

The Sonowal government took office in May 2016 and there has been speculation ever since about a cabinet expansion.

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