Months before assembly elections, expansion of Uttar Pradesh’s cabinet takes place. Expansion was done by keeping in mind castes and communities. Seven new ministers took oath as Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet expansion. The oath taking ceremony took place at Raj Bhawan, Lucknow.
53 ministers including 23 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state and 21 ministers of state were earlier in Uttar Pradesh government. Now seven more ministers have been added in the cabinet.
Dinesh Khatik, Chhatrapal Singh, Paltu Ram, Sangita Balwant, Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmvir Singh are the six BJP MLAs who took oath in Yogi’s cabinet.
As a part of Uttar Pradesh’s cabinet, a total of 7 ministers took the oath. Among the ministers induced in Yogi’s cabinet, Paltu Ram and Dinesh Khateek are from a Scheduled Caste, while Sanjiv Kumar is from a Schedule Tribe.
Dinesh Khateek said, “I have worked in the BJP for a long time and we will follow the policy of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. Dalits have voted for the BJP en masse and this trend is going to continue.”
Jitin Prasada, who left the Congress party and joined BJP in June this year, takes oath as a minister in the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government.
Chhatarpal Gangwar, MLA takes oath as a Minister of State (MoS) in the Uttar Pradesh Government. Paltu Ram, MoS SC from Balrampur; Sangeeta Balwant Bind MoS Bind from Ghazipur; Dharamveer Prajapati MoS, from Agra; Sanjeev Kumar Gaur ST from Sonbhadra; and Dinesh Khatik MoS SC from Meerut also took the oath of office.
President of Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, tweeted, “The cabinet expansion of the BJP government of UP is a hoax. Today a drama is being created to represent those who (did not) get their due for four-and-a-half years. Before the ink on their nameplates (at their new offices) dries, the Model Code of Conduct will kick in.” He further added “The concluding point of the BJP drama has begun.”
The Cabinet expansion appears like an attempt to balance caste and communities in the cabinet. All decisions were made by Yogi Adityanath and other senior UP leaders, including state BJP chief Swatantra Dev and general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal.
The Uttar Pradesh assembly has 403 seats and maximum strength of UP cabinet can be 15% of total strength of its assembly.