Bharatiya Janata Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit president Swatantra Dev Singh has resigned from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Council of Ministers, official sources disclosed on Monday.
Singh resigned from the ministry as he was appointed BJP’s UP unit president in July and the party follows the principle of ‘one man one post’. He was Transport minister of UP.
His resignation was accepted by the Chief Minister immediately.
With his resignation, the Uttar Pradesh Council of Ministers has 42 ministers, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
UP can have 60 ministers as per the quota.
Singh has been a two-time MLC from UP and was in-charge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies during 2017 Assembly elections in the state.
He was also in-charge of ‘Shakti Booth’ during Gujarat Assembly elections. Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he was appointed in-charge of Madhya Pradesh.
Sources say by appointing Singh as president of UP unit of the BJP, the ruling party is trying to consolidate the OBC vote bank as he comes from the Kurmi community.
Singh belongs to Mirzapur but has earned name as a political leader by working in Bundelkhand region of the state.
In the 2012 Assembly election, Singh had contested from Orai Assembly seat in Jalaun district but was defeated.