The much-awaited cabinet expansion in Uttar Pradesh has finally taken place with the induction of seven new minister. These include one cabinet and seven state minister. With Sunday’s expansion, the total number of ministers in UP cabinet has reached 60.
On Sunday, the lone new cabinet minister administered oath is former congress leader and ex union minister Jitin Prasad who had joined Bhartiya Janta Party in July this year. Besides Jitin the others inducted as state ministers are Palturam, legislator from Balrampur, Chatrapal Gangwar from Bareilly, Sangeeta Balwant Gazipur, Dharamvir Prajapati of Agra, Sanjeev Gond Sonbhadra and Dinesh Khatik from Meerut district.
Of these seven, Jitin Prasad is currently not a member of any of the house. The chief of Nishad Party Dr Sanjay Nishad and Ashish Patel of Apna Dal, both allies of BJP could not make it to the final list of ministers. However, Sanjay Nishad has been pacified by being nominated for the state legislative council. Two days back, Nishad Party and BJP had forged an alliance to contest the coming UP assembly polls. The portfolios of newly inducted minister would be allocated later on.
The UP government on Sunday recommended four names for the state legislative council too. The four seats in the council under the nominated category had fallen vacant in July this year. The state government has sent the name of Jitin Prasad, Chaoudhury Virendra Singh Gujjar, Gopal Anjaan Bhurji and Dr Sanjay Nishad.
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