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Akhilesh expands cabinet, includes 12 new ministers

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday expanded his council of ministers by 12 new ministers – inducting six first timers. Governor B L Joshi administered the oath to ministers in a function held at Raj Bhavan.

Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior ministers of Akhilesh Yadav government were present during the swearing-in ceremony that started almost 30 minute later.

Hoping that new ministers would work for the development of the state chief minister said that youth were given priority in the expansion.

Among the 12 new ministers nine are youth.

Intererestingly, this expansion did not have Yadav or Muslim face. Among the new faces – five are from OBC, three Brahims, two Thakurs and one each from Jat and Vaisya community.

Those who were administered oath included one cabinet minister, one minister of state with independent charge and 10 ministers of state. With this induction the strength of the UP council of ministers has risen up to 60.

 Of the total 12 ministers who took oath on Thursday included Rajendra Chaudhary (cabinet rank), Vijay Kumar Mishra (minister of state with independent charge), Vijay Bahadur Pal, Ram Sakal Gujar, Vinod Singh, Gaytari Prajapati, Yogesh Pratap Singh, Ram Murti Verma, Pawan Pandey, Nitin Agarwal and Manoj Kumar Pandey (all ministers of state rank).

Samajwadi Party state spokesperson Rajendra Choudhury was made the cabinet minister and surprisingly a first timer Vijay Kumar Mishra was given the minister of state (Independent charge).

Later talking to reporters Akhilesh Yadav defended his tainted minister Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh and vice-chairman of a council K C Pandey. ‘Both the leaders are innocent and did nothing wrong. The probe report of Vinod Singh has said that he is innocent in the matter, hence we have given him another opportunity as a minister,’ the CM said.
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