J&K cabinet reshuffle: What we know


30 Apr 2018

BJP's Nirmal Singh resigns as J&K deputy chief minister

Ahead of a much-awaited cabinet reshuffle, BJP's Nirmal Singh has resigned from his post of Deputy Chief Minister in Jammu & Kashmir's Mehbooba Mufti-government to give way to a new BJP face for the post.

On April 17, BJP had asked all of its nine ministers in the PDP-BJP government to resign so that new faces could be brought in.

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Nirmal Singh resigned after reportedly meeting Amit Shah

"I have resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of the government. A fresh face from the BJP will be taking over," said Singh. His decision to resign reportedly came after a meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Mounting pressure

The reshuffle comes amid mounting pressure for the BJP

The reshuffle comes amid mounting pressure for the BJP

State assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta is slated to be the new deputy CM, according to BJP leaders.

Ever since two of its ministers - Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - took part in a rally in support of the accused in the Kathua rape case, the BJP has been under pressure in J&K.

The two ministers had subsequently resigned.

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Number of ministers permissible in J&K

Jammu & Kashmir can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the Chief Minister. In the coalition formed, Mufti's People's Democratic Party (PDP) holds 14 portfolios while the rest are with the BJP.

Cabinet reshuffle

What we know about the cabinet reshuffle

As part of the cabinet reshuffle, J&K BJP chief Sat Sharma, and MLAs from Kathua and Sambha - Rajiv Jasrotia and Devinder Kumar Manyal - are among those who will be inducted into the state government as cabinet ministers.

The BJP will also promote state transport minister Sunil Sharma to the rank of a cabinet minister.

Mufti's PDP will also promote two of its MLAs.

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Cabinet Reshuffle

Jammu And Kashmir

Peoples Democratic Party J&K

's Democratic Party

's People

& K

Amit Shah

Chander Prakash Ganga


Democratic Party

Deputy Chief Minister

Devinder Kumar Manyal


Kavinder Gupta

Lal Singh

Mehbooba Mufti-government

New Delhi

Nirmal Singh


Rajiv Jasrotia

Sat Sharma

Speaker Kavinder Gupta

Sunil Sharma

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