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Haryana Cabinet expansion: Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala given charge of 11 departments

The BJP had won 40 seats, the JJP 10 and the Congress 31 in the polls to the 90 seat assembly. The INLD and the Haryana Lokhit Party won one seat each

Chandigarh: On Wednesday Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala was allocated 11 departments a day before the first expansion of the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in the state.

Manoharlal Khattar, 65, who took oath as the chief minister for the second time on October 27, and Dushyant Chautala, 31, who was sworn-in as his deputy Chief Minister, are the only two members of the current cabinet.

As the chief minister advised, the governor allocated the departments to the existing council of ministers, according to an official order.

The BJP had formed government in the state with the help of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) led by Chautala, the great-grandson of former deputy prime minister late Devi Lal. Seven Independents have also extended support to the government.

The order says Chautala has been allotted 11 portfolios including the excise and taxation, development and panchayats, industries and commerce, and food and civil supplies departments.

The other departments which he will hold are the revenue and disaster management, public works, labor and employment, civil aviation, archeology and museum, and rehabilitation and consolidation, it said.

Meanwhile, Khattar will be holding all the departments except those allocated to Chautala. When the cabinet will be expanded on Thursday, some of the portfolios held by Khattar will be distributed among the new ministers. The Haryana cabinet can have 14 members, including the CM and deputy CM.

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