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Stiff competition for ministerial berths in Uttarakhand 

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

The new BJP government in Uttarakhand faces stiff challenge to select its cabinet ministers. The problem is due to the bumper mandate the party has got in the recently concluded state assembly elections. Choosing 11 ministers from a pool of 57 legislators is not going to be easy.

Trivendra Rawat, who will take oath as Uttarakhand CM on Friday, said, “We will be giving our highest priority to poverty alleviation.”

The biggest problem before BJP is to accommodate adequate number of party leaders and provide satisfactory representation to Congress rebels- who joined the saffron party ahead of the polls.

Giant killers like Rajesh Shukla and Yatishwaranana, who defeated Chief Minister Harish Rawat from Kiccha and Haridwar seats are looking at their party with hope. Satpal Maharaj and Prakash Pant, who missed the bus to the CM office, are considered hot favourite for the cabinet posts. 

Over two dozen names are making the rounds for different portfolios. The scene will clear only on Saturday when Trivendra Rawat will take oath as Uttarakhand CM with his cabinet.