Yogi cabinet expansion likely before UP polls

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Yogi cabinet expansion likely before UP polls

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 | PNS | Lucknow


After Bharatiya Janata Party state chief Swatantra Dev Singh and general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal were summoned by the party brass to Delhi, speculations gathered momentum about a possible cabinet expansion in the Yogi Adityanath government ahead of the UP Assembly polls in 2022. Sources in the BJP claimed that the names of inductees had been finalised for the expansion and a final nod was awaited from the BJP central leadership after several rounds of talks with the party mandarins and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh think tank.
“The issues like selection of candidates for four vacant MLC candidates were also discussed,” the source said. About cabinet expansion, the sources said that the BJP would aim at balancing the caste and regional considerations ahead of the Assembly elections and added that there was a possibility of inclusion of 10 ministers in the UP Council of Ministers.
“While four ministers might be discharged from the cabinet, it is being said that through the cabinet expansion, the BJP will try to reach out to other castes, including OBCs, Brahmins etc. Besides, one minister each could find a place from Nishad , Kurmi and Brahmin communities in the ministry rejig,” the BJP source said.
At present, there are 23 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state with independent charge and 22 ministers of state in Yogi’s Council of Ministers, totaling to 54.

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