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Sonowal likely to meet Shah today

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NEW DELHI, April 19 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is likely to call on BJP national president Amit Shah tomorrow regarding expansion of his ministry.

The Chief Minister, who arrived in the national capital this afternoon, is likely to be accompanied by his cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Asked about his meeting with the BJP national president, Sonowal, however, said that when he decides to expand his ministry, he would convey it to the media first.

Meanwhile, BJP sources said that of the eight vacancies in the Sonowal ministry, the Chief Minister is likely to appoint six new ministers, keeping two slots vacant. The details, however, are likely to be worked out in consultation with the national president.

Sources said that of the six ministerial appointments, one post each is likely to go to allies AGP and BPF, while BJP may have four new ministers. Both AGP and BPF are lobbying for two ministerial berths. The demand is expected to be looked into at tomorrow�s meeting, sources added.

Meanwhile, without getting into any controversy, Sonowal remarked that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has heard all sides and there should not be any debate on this aspect. He said that he has invited the JPC to visit Assam.

The submissions by some organisations during Tuesday�s hearing on the Bill have generated much heat, with the representatives of the Sattra Mahasabha supporting the Bill.

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Sonowal likely to meet Shah today

NEW DELHI, April 19 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is likely to call on BJP national president Amit Shah tomorrow regarding expansion of his ministry.

The Chief Minister, who arrived in the national capital this afternoon, is likely to be accompanied by his cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Asked about his meeting with the BJP national president, Sonowal, however, said that when he decides to expand his ministry, he would convey it to the media first.

Meanwhile, BJP sources said that of the eight vacancies in the Sonowal ministry, the Chief Minister is likely to appoint six new ministers, keeping two slots vacant. The details, however, are likely to be worked out in consultation with the national president.

Sources said that of the six ministerial appointments, one post each is likely to go to allies AGP and BPF, while BJP may have four new ministers. Both AGP and BPF are lobbying for two ministerial berths. The demand is expected to be looked into at tomorrow�s meeting, sources added.

Meanwhile, without getting into any controversy, Sonowal remarked that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has heard all sides and there should not be any debate on this aspect. He said that he has invited the JPC to visit Assam.

The submissions by some organisations during Tuesday�s hearing on the Bill have generated much heat, with the representatives of the Sattra Mahasabha supporting the Bill.

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