India, Aug. 24 -- Bhopal Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely include four ministers into his cabinet with an aim to balance caste and regional equations in the council ahead of the assembly elections later this year, according to two people aware of the matter.

The Madhya Pradesh council of ministers can have 35 ministers, including the chief minister, and four berths are vacant at the moment. On Tuesday, Chouhan met governor Mangubhai Patel, and the cabinet expansion was a part of the discussions, said a BJP leader who asked not to be named.

The leader said that four BJP MLAs are likely to get place in the cabinet, with the names of former ministers Gauri Shankar Bisen from Balaghat and Rajendra Shukla from Re...