Minister of all departments
First, selecting ministers took over 100 days. Now even after seven days of the cabinet expansion in Madhya Pradesh, new ministers haven’t been allotted their portfolios. The tussle within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit of the state is out into the open. Senior MLA and former minister Ajay Vishnoi expressed his resentment on a social media platform: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
(pictured) spent two days in New Delhi but it is learnt that Jyotiraditya Scindia
is rigid and asking for key portfolios for his loyalists, he alleged. Portfolio allocation was expected on Thursday before the cabinet meeting but it could not take place. “I am the minister of all departments and the government is running smoothly,” Chouhan responded.
The Covid-19-induced closure of educational institutions has prompted coaching-institute owners in Uttar Pradesh to seek a relief package from the Adityanath government. Such institutes have been lying closed since March following the lockdown, rendering tens of thousands of teachers and support staff without any income. UP Coaching Association President Vijay Singh said while the institutes were not operational, the fixed costs of rentals and electricity bills continued to accumulate during that period. To attract the attention of the UP government, coaching centre owners have announced they would stage demonstrations, during which they would make tea and fry pakoras.