UP Cabinet Expansion ahead of 2022 polls

UTTAR PRADESH: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath plans the expansion of his Union Cabinet. The cabinet expansion is supposed to take place on Sunday, Sept 26th evening, officials said.

There are six to seven names in media reports that will get a chance to be included in the cabinet. The names include – Sangeeta Bind, Jitin Prasad, Chhatra Pal, Palturam, Dinesh Khatik, Sanjay Gaur, Dharamveer Prajapati and Rani Maurya.

The names are not out yet but the reports state that the oath ceremony will take place around 5:30 pm in Lucknow’s Raj Bhava. The Chief Minister Yogi will be present during the oath ceremony.

According to officials, the appointment in this expansion has been done keeping the caste structure in mind. The minister included are from Brahmin, Tribal and OBC. UP cabinet can include a total of 60 members. As of now, there are 23 cabinet ministers, nine independent charges and 21 ministers of state. Seven seats are left vacant.

The cabinet may include Prasada and AK Sharma who recently got appointed as MLCs. Sanjay Nishad of Nishad Party may also get a chance to be appointed as UP cabinet minister. The inclusion of Nishad seems to come after he warned BJP of “consequences in upcoming Assembly poll”, after not he and his son were not included in Union Cabinet shuffle.

The expansion puts out a strong message for the opposition party. It makes it very clear that BJP is all ready for the 2022 UP assembly elections. A lot of pressure is on CM Yogi after BJP’s not so good performance in state polls of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Bengal.

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