Reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh cabinet likely soon: Report
The three cabinet ministers who contested the Lok Sabha election and won are S P Singh Baghel from Agra, Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad and Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur.
He added that the current ministerial strength is below the maximum limit.
After the declaration of the Lok Sabha election results, Adityanath in an interview to PTI had said that a cabinet reshuffle was very much on the cards and he is likely to take a decision soon.
“We will do it (Cabinet expansion). We will do everything as and when time comes. We will do everything in the interest of the state,” he had said.
The two loyalists who are likely to be rewarded with elevated posts are Mahendra Singh and Swatantradev Singh, the in-charge of the party’s campaigns in Assam and Madhya Pradesh, respectively, party insiders said.
While Mahendra Singh is the minister of state (independent charge) for Rural Development and Overall Village Development, Swatantradev Singh is the minister of state (independent charge) for Transport and Protocol.
“Mahendra Singh was the party’s in-charge in Assam, where the BJP won nine out of 14 Lok Sabha seats. “After the elections were over in Assam, he was assigned the task of organising the roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah in Amethi and Gorakhpur. Both the roadshows were highly successful,” a senior UP BJP leader told PTI.
Another leader pointed out that Swatantradev Singh was made in-charge of the crucial state of Madhya Pradesh, where the party bagged 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats.
“The task was indeed very challenging as the BJP had lost in the assembly elections to the Congress. To boost the morale of the party workers and to ensure that a positive result for the party comes from that state was a tough task. His efforts paid rich dividends for the party, as Congress bigwigs such as Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia had to taste defeat,” he said.
With monsoon session of the UP Legislative Assembly beginning on July 18, it remains to be seen whether the reshuffle takes place before or after the session.
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