Kavinder Gupta Appointed as Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

BJP's Nirmal Singh resigns as Jammu and Kashmir deputy CM ahead of cabinet rejig

As UNT reported a while ago that Kavinder Gupta is likely to be Next Deputy CM of the State, BJP high command has called Kavinder Gupta to New Delhi to decide fate of the reshuffle.

Authoritative sources told KNS that Speaker Assembly Kavinder Gupta is most likely to take oath as Deputy Chief Minister in place of Nirmal Singh who resigned from the council of ministers late Sunday evening. In fact, it was Singh, who had told PTI last week that his government will carry out a major reshuffle in next few days. Facing massive outrage, the two ministers were forced to eventually step down from their posts. The party had not forwarded the resignations to the governor. The hardcore BJP rank and file are feeling hurt over entire Dogra population being projected as rape supporters due to wrong handling of the BJP ministers in the Mehbooba led government. Sources also said that PDP too has cleared the induction of its three time MLA from Pulwama constituency Khail Bandh as Minister to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Haseeb Drabu recently.

Meanwhile, an official spokesperson said state Chief Secretary B B Vyas on Sunday chaired a meeting at convention centre to finalise the arrangements for the oath taking ceremony.

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The swearing-in of new ministers in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet by the governor is scheduled to held at noon at the Convention Centre instead of Raj Bhavan, as all government offices in Jammu shut down on Saturday ahead of a six-month sojourn in summer capital Srinagar.

With two houses of legislature in J-K, the state can have 25 ministers out of which a quota of 14 has been allocated to the PDP and the remaining to the BJP.

Later, he also took a round of the premises to oversee the preparations being made for the successful conduct of the ceremony.

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