Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn in today as ministers in the state's PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.
Gupta will be the new deputy chief minister in place of Nirmal Singh, who submitted his resignation last night, officials said.
The new Bhartiya Janata Party faces sworn in as ministers were the party's state unit chief Satpal Sharma and the members of legislative assemblies from Kathua and adjoining Sambha, Rajiv Jasrotia and Devinder Kumar Manyal, respectively.
The BJP also upgraded Sunil Sharma, at present minister of state for transport, to the rank of a cabinet minister. BJP MLA from Doda Shakti Raj took oath as a minister of state.
The Peoples Democratic Party members included in the cabinet were Mohammad Khalil Band, MLA from Pulwama, and Mohammad Ashraf Mir, MLA from Sonwar.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Minister of State in the prime minister’s office Jitendra Singh attended the event.
The function was held at the convention centre instead of Raj Bhavan as the Jammu and Kashmir government has already shifted its base to summer capital Srinagar, part of the bi-annual darbar move under which the government functions for six months in Jammu and six months in Srinagar.