Sapling before charge: BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav takes over as Minister of Environment and Labour

A day after the major union cabinet reshuffle, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhupendra Yadav took charge as the Minister of Environment and Labour. Given his role for environment industry, the leader before taking charge planted a sapling outside his office.

He told, "I took charge of Labour Ministry and now I'm taking charge of Ministry of Environment. I thank PM for entrusting me with this responsibility."

The BJP leader first took charge as the minister o f labour and then took the charge of environment ministry.

Bhupendra Yadav, a Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan is close to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. His entry to the Modi government as cabinet minister is seen as his just reward after serving as a party office-bearer for the longest term among all current occupants.

He was also part of the party's brain trust to strategise for important state assembly polls and was often dubbed as the "committee man", as he once chaired around eight select committees and successfully persuaded all parties in building a consensus on many contentious bills.

Notably, Yadav enjoys the image of a sober and non-controversial politician who deftly handles the issues on hand without drawing any negative attention, a trait which has acquitted him well with various party presidents ranging from Nitin Gadkari to Amit Shah and JP Nadda.

With Yadav becoming a minister at the Centre, now there are four ministers from Rajasthan. While Yadav and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat are cabinet ministers from desert state, Arjun Meghwal and Kailash Choudhary are ministers of state. Yadav was handed over the responsibility of election management in many states including UP and Bihar.

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