Jaipur: Ashok Gehlot’s two-and-a-half year old ministry could undergo reshuffle. An indication to this effect came after a meeting between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president and Union minister C P Joshi was held here. Gehlot's visit to Delhi early this week is being seen as an exercise in this direction.

During the revamp of the Cabinet, portfolios of some ministers are likely to be redistributed, while there are high possibilities of dropping a few tainted ministers and inducting new faces.

According to the party sources, the Chief Minister left for Delhi soon after the end of Assembly session where he submitted report to the party leaders while holding talks with Ahmed Patel, political advisor to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Congress Secretary Rahul Gandhi had recently sought a confidential report related to the ministers and he didn’t seem happy with the working of a few ministers, said party sources.

If the sources are to be believed, major portfolios like home, health could be redistributed in the proposed exercise and that Shanti Dhariwal might have to give up Home Ministry in the wake of deteriorating law and order.

Industrial Minister Rajendra Parikh being considered as the close aide of Gehlot, is likely to be inducted as Home or Health Minister.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Babulal Nagar could be given some important ministry while Bharosi Lal Jatav, who is holding more than one portfolio, might have to shed some of them.

Ministers like Bhanwaru Khan or Allauddin Azad may find place in the reshuffle as a replacement for Amin Khan.

Sources said Gehlot would aim for Khan's replacement from the minority community and preferably from the same region. This leads to chances of Saleh Mohammad (Pokaran) or Bhanwaru Khan (Fatehpur) finding a place in the reshuffle.

The Chief Minister would go for political appointments after the ministerial reshuffle. Apart from the senior Congress leaders, young ministers of the Congress would be given chance during the political appointments.

JPN/ Bureau