Ever since MoS Health Shabir Ahmad Khan was forced to resign, facing charges of sexual assault, by the party high command the sitting congress ministers and those aspiring to become ministers are making a beeline too woo the party top brass to support their candidature for the hot seat.
Insiders in the congress party sunday revealed senior sitting congress ministers and some congress MLA’s owing proximity to both the factions in the state unit are eyeing the plump portfolio to improve their chances of winning the next assembly polls.
After the resignation of the MoS Health Shabir Ahmad Khan the Chief Minister is yet to allot the portfolio to any other congress. The CM cannot keep the portfolio with him for too long and was expected to handover the charge very soon.The issue,according to party sources also came up for discussion during the dinner meeting hosted by the Chief Minister for the legislators belonging to the coalition partners.
According to these reports names of Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma, Inderwal MLA GM Saroori, MLC Ravinder Sharma, were doing the rounds but in the absence of any consensus the Chief Minister for the time being has decided to keep the portfolio under his charge.
It remains to be seen whether the congress party would be putting pressure on the Chief Minister to allot the charge out of his own choice or communicate the name of the congress nominee after evolving consensus.