Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath expands Cabinet ahead of Assembly polls next year
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath expanded his Cabinet on Sunday ahead of the Assembly elections in the state next year. Seven MLAs took oath as ministers.The newly-inducted minsters are Jitin Prasada, Chatrapal Singh Gangwar, Paltu Ram, Sangeeta Balwant, Sanjeev Kumar Diwakar, Dinesh Khateek and Dharamveer Prajapati. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath.Prasada, a former Congress leader, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in June. He reportedly wields a considerable influence among the Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh. Prasada was inducted into the party and now made a minister amid concerns about the thin representation of the Brahmin community in the party.Last week, Adityanath had expressed confidence that the BJP would return to power in the state, reported NDTV.“The perception about UP on the national stage has changed due to the united efforts of the people, the organisation, and the government,” he had said. “People’s confidence in governance has increased... this belief will ensure our victory in the 2022 elections with an overwhelming majority of 350 seats.”In 2017, the BJP had won 205 of the 403 seats, the Samajwadi Party and its allies won 54 and the the Bahujan Samaj Party 19.