New Delhi: It may be a day to rejoice for Uttar Pradesh, but for Madhya Pradesh the wounds would be difficult to heal. In the Union Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, the state was left shattered when two of its ministers were dropped from the Council of Ministers. It was the last day for Kanti Lal Bhuria and Arun Yadav to hold their ministerial posts in the Cabinet.

Kanti Lal Bhuruia, who is an MP from Ratlam, was dropped as Tribal Affairs Minister. He was appointed as the president of Madhya Pradesh Congress in April this year. Likewise, Arun Yadav, an MP from Khandwa, was dropped as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing.

Giving a crushing blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in last General elections, the Congress had grabbed 12 seats in the state. As a result, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had inducted Kamalnath and Kanti Lal Bhuria as Cabinet ministers and appointed Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Yadav as Minister of States (MoS).

However, in Tuesday’s induction ceremony Kanti Lal Bhuria and Arun Yadav had to bid adieu to their Cabinet posts. For which, the Congress may have to face a crunch in the vote bank as the two out-going ministers represented Adivasi and OBCs vote banks respectively.

On the other hand, several fresh faces were inducted in the Cabinets. Chattisgarh finally received a position in the Council of Ministers with Charandas Mahant, the only Congress MP from the state to be sworn in as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing.

Notably, Congress has lost two successive Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh. The reshuffling would make it harder for the party to represent itself in the BJP-ruled state.

(JPN/Bureau)