"Yes, I am going to expand my Cabinet by August-end," Chouhan told reporters without elaborating. However, according to a confidant of Chouhan, the Chief Minister might induct seven to eight new faces in the Council of Ministers.

This will be the first time Chouhan will be expanding his team after starting a fresh five-year term in 2013-end. Chouhan, just three-month short of completing a decade in the CM office, is expected to promote junior ministers Dipak Joshi, son of former CM Kailash Joshi, and Surendra Patwa, nephew of another ex-chief minister Sunderlal Patwa, added the source.

It is after 20 months that Chouhan, who is under fire over the massive recruitment and admission racket, will be expanding his ministry.

Twenty-three ministers, four of them of MoS rank, were sworn-in on December 21, 2013 after BJP swept the Assembly polls under Chouhan's leadership. Of them, Kailash Vijayvargiya resigned from the Cabinet recently after being appointed national General Secretary of BJP.

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