Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath led-Uttar Pradesh government is all set to expand its cabinet Sunday evening, as seven new ministers will be inducted into new cabinet after taking an oath at Raj Bhavan in Lucknow today, as per sources. Governor Anandiben Patel will also reach Lucknow at 2 pm.
The names of ministers, who are likely to get a place in UP’s new cabinet, are: Palturam, Sanjay Gaur, former cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan’s wife Sangeeta Bind, Dinesh Khatik, Dharamveer Prajapati, Chhatrapal Gangwar, and Jitin Prasada. The expansion will focus on unrepresented castes and political parties.
With 14 Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs as ministers, the state now accounts for the largest chunk of cabinet ministers. The Yogi government has 53 ministers, including 23 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state (independent charge) and 21 ministers of state at present. It can accommodate seven more.
Meanwhile, at the Centre, the BJP has 84 MPs from Uttar Pradesh-62 in the Lok Sabha and 22 in the Rajya Sabha, while its ally Apna Dal has two.
This is the first time that Uttar Pradesh has had such a large representation in the central government. This has partly been explained as a result of the upcoming assembly election in the state.
The 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election is extremely crucial for the BJP as its outcome is likely to set the tone for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
The expansion would also indicate how the BJP prefers to deal with its allies ahead of the UP assembly election due in early 2022, party leaders said, indicating that leaders from both Apna Dal (Sonelal) and the Nishad Party could be accommodated in the Yogi ministry.