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Who would get MoS berth?
2/17/2017 12:20:21 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 16: Even as name of Altaf Ahmed Bukhari, MLA from Amirakadal assembly segment has almost been cleared for re-induction in the Cabinet, there is still uncertainty over name of one Minister of State (MoS) to be inducted in the council of ministers during Friday's oath taking ceremony to be held at Raj Bhawan here. As per invitation extended by the Raj Bhawan, it has been clearly mentioned that "Governor of J&K N N Vohra will administer the oath of Office and Secrecy to Legislators being inducted in the Council of Ministers at Raj Bhawan", which is an indication that not one legislator but legislators would take oath. Credible sources in the PDP said that throughout the day PDP leadership discussed some names but party leaders failed to arrive at consensus. Name of the MoS could not be finalized till late evening so it is believed that final decision in this regard would be taken on early Friday morning. The party leadership, according to the insiders, discussed names of Javed Ahmed Beigh, who is nephew of PDP stalwart Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Ashraf Mir, who was MoS in the previous government headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but no final decision was taken. Names of some members of Upper House from Jammu region were also discussed but party leadership was not unanimous on it.
"One group suggested that one ministerial berth should be kept vacant but another was of the view that all berths should be filled to accelerate developmental activities," sources said, adding that final decision would be taken by the party high command on Friday morning.
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