The newly elected chief minister of Uttar Pradesh administered his first cabinet meeting at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow on Wednesday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ramapati Shastri has been sworn in as pro tem Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath at Raj Bhavan. Earlier, a four-member panel selected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ex-minister and MLA Shastri as the Pro tem Speaker.
Sources in the Raj Bhawan said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was among those present on the occasion.
Social welfare minister in previous govt
An eight-time MLA, Shastri was the social welfare minister in the previous Yogi Adityanath government.
After the 2017 poll victory of the saffron party, he was given the portfolio of social welfare and scheduled caste and scheduled tribe welfare. Shastri had also served as a minister during the regimes of former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers, Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh.
Shastri belongs to Koli community
Shastri was born on October 15, 1952 in Bishnoharpur village in Gonda district. He belonged to the Koli tribe.
Fought first election in 1074
Shastri’s political career started in 1974 when, in his first election, he became an MLA on the Jan Sangh ticket from the Dixir reserved seat. He lost the elections to Babulal of Congress in 1980 and 1985. In 1989, he became an MLA for the BJP for the third time. For the fourth time, after winning elections in Ramlahar in 1991, he was made a cabinet minister in Kalyan Singh’s government. During this tenure, he held the ministries of Social Welfare and Revenue Department.
For the fifth time, he won election again in 1993 from Diksir. In 1996, after winning a sixth time, he was again appointed as Cabinet Minister for Medical Health and Family Welfare Department in the BJP government. In the 2002 election, he lost to SP’s Babulal. During this time, the BJP made him the National President of the Scheduled Castes Morcha. In the 2007 election, he lost to Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Ramesh Gautam.
A veteran politician
In 2012, the Dixir assembly seat became available for reservation in the name of Tarabganj. This time Shastri contested from Balrampur Sadar, who secured the seat, but lost. Since 2017, he has represented the Mankapur (Assembly constituency in the Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh and is a member of the Bhartiya Janta Party.
In the 2017 elections, he defeated his nearest rival, Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Ramesh Chandra Gautam, by a record margin of 60,161 votes.
In the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Ramapati Shastri was elected from the Mankapur constituency. BJP leader Ramapati Shastri won this seat with a margin of 39288 votes.He defeated SP’s Ramesh Chandra.