- Jitin Prasada, a former Congress politician, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in June of this year.
- The expansion was seen as an attempt to balance caste equations ahead of the assembly election.
- The assembly election for the state is schedule to be held next year.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today allocated portfolios to the seven new ministers appointed on Sunday, in an attempt to balance caste equations and regional aspirations. Jitin Prasada, the only Cabinet minister in the expansion, has been handed the ministry of technical education.
Prasada was one of seven State Cabinet ministers who took their oaths on Sunday. In June of this year, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In addition to him, six additional BJP MLAs were appointed to Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet.
The six BJP MLAs apart from Jitin Prasada that have been given the new responsibilities are— Dharmvir Singh, Chhatrapal Singh, Sangita Balwant, Paltu Ram, Sanjeev Kumar, and Dinesh Khatik who took oath as ministers of state (MoS).
List of ministers and portfolios
Jitin Prasada: Technical Education
Dharamveer Prajapati: Industrial Development Department
Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar: Revenue Department
Sangeeta Balwant: Cooperative Department
Sanjeev Kumar: Social Welfare Department
Dinesh Khatik: Jal Shakti and Flood Control Department Paltu Ram: Home guard, Civil Defense Department
मा. कैबिनेट मंत्री श्री जितिन प्रसाद जी को प्राविधिक शिक्षा विभाग का दायित्व प्रदान किया गया है।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) September 27, 2021
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CM Adityanath welcomed the new cabinet members, saying, “All of the ministers who have been sworn in on Sunday have been allocated the responsibility of their departments. I am certain that the growth of the department’s concern will reach new heights under your leadership.”
In the presence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath to the new ministers at Governor House in Lucknow on Sunday.