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UP Cabinet distribution highlights: Yogi Adityanath keeps home ministry, KP Maurya gets PWD

Yogi Adityanath visited New Delhi on Tuesday and held consultations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah regarding issues of portfolio allocation

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UP Cabinet distribution highlights: Yogi Adityanath keeps home ministry, KP Maurya gets PWD

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Who is Mohsin Raza, BJP's lone Muslim minister?

Mohsin raza, who has been given the charge of minority welfare ministry, is the lone Muslim face in the UP cabinet, as the saffron party had not fielded any Muslim candidates.

According to News 18, "a cricketer, socialite, winner of a beauty pageant and an actor, Raza is not a big name in politics, activism or social work but is a common face in the social circuit of Lucknow.

Raza, who is a Shia Muslim, is married to a Sunni Fozia Sarwat Fatima, who belongs to the prominent Muslim family and is related to the BJP leader and Manipur governor, Najma Heptullah."

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Mar 22, 2017 - 19:35 (IST)

Here's a list of key portfolios held by the cabinet ministers

Names  Ministry
Yogi Adityanath Home Ministry
Consumer Protection
Housing and Urban Planning Department
Food and Ration 
Keshav Prasad Maurya Public Works Department minister
Food Processing
Entertainment Tax
Public Enterprise Department
Dinesh Sharma Information Technology
Middle and Higher Education
Chetan Chouhan Sports and Youth development
Professional Eductaion
Skill Development
Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary Dairy development
Religious works and culture
Srikant Sharma Energy
SP Singh Baghel Animal Husbandry
Fisheries
Rajesh Agarwal Finance
Rita Bahuguna Joshi Women Child and Family welfare
Tourism
Suresh Khanna Parliamentary Affairs
Urban development
Dharampal Singh Irrigation
Brajesh Pathak Law and Justice
Mukut Bihri Verma Cooperative Department
Surya Pratap Shahi Agriculture, Agricultural research and Education
Swami Prasad Maurya Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation 
Labour and Public Service Department
Satish Mahana Industrial development
Dara Singh Chauhan Forest and Environment
Satyadev Pachauri Khadi and Textile development
Ramapati Shastri Social Welfare 
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled tribe welfare
Jai Prakash Singh Excise 
Om Prakash Rajbhar Backward Class Welfare
Rajendra Pratap Singh Rural Engineering Services
Siddharth Nath Singh Healthcare 
Nand Kumar Nandi Stamp and Judicial Revenue

Mar 22, 2017 - 18:51 (IST)

Swami Prasad Maurya gets Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation department

Mar 22, 2017 - 18:20 (IST)

Who is Mohsin Raza, BJP's lone Muslim minister?

Mohsin raza, who has been given the charge of minority welfare ministry, is the lone Muslim face in the UP cabinet, as the saffron party had not fielded any Muslim candidates.

According to News 18, "a cricketer, socialite, winner of a beauty pageant and an actor, Raza is not a big name in politics, activism or social work but is a common face in the social circuit of Lucknow.

Raza, who is a Shia Muslim, is married to a Sunni Fozia Sarwat Fatima, who belongs to the prominent Muslim family and is related to the BJP leader and Manipur governor, Najma Heptullah."

Mar 22, 2017 - 18:15 (IST)

Mar 22, 2017 - 18:01 (IST)

Sidharth Nath Singh gets health portfolio: NDTV

Mar 22, 2017 - 17:56 (IST)

BJP leader Shrikant Sharma gets Power ministry, Finance portfolio to go to Rajesh Aggarwal

Mar 22, 2017 - 17:55 (IST)

Mar 22, 2017 - 17:54 (IST)

Surya Partap Shahi gets agriculture ministry: ANI

Mar 22, 2017 - 17:51 (IST)

Child development ministry for Congress defector Rita Bahuguan Joshi, Swami Prasad Maurya gets cooperative department: CNN-News18

Mar 22, 2017 - 17:49 (IST)

Meanwhile in Kanpur... Man gets prompt response after tweeting molestation complaint to Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a swift and proper action against the accused of a molestation case after the victims' family member tweeted to him seeking justice.

The complainant had alleged that the police were "lackadaisical" in their probe and tweeted his complaint to the Chief Minister's office, after which the chief minister ordered prompt action and sought a report in the matter.

It's been four days since the Yogi Adityanath government was sworn in Uttar Pradesh, but portfolios of 46 ministers in the government has still not been allocated.

UP Cabinet distribution highlights Yogi Adityanath keeps home ministry KP Maurya gets PWD

Yogi Adityanath met BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday. PTI

Considering BJP has a huge three-fourths majority in the state Assembly, chances of dissatisfied MLAs raising a dissenting note in public or escalating the issue with the party's top leadership are quite remote. Moreover, the elections were fought and won using Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development agenda, not through individual candidates. Therefore, MLAs and ministers aren't in any position to throw their weight ahead of the leadership.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath is known for his independent mind, and for being a tough decision maker. He would have ensured the implementation of what he thinks ought to be the policy of the party or his government. Adityanath visited New Delhi on Tuesday and held consultations with Modi and party president Amit Shah regarding issues of portfolio allocation. He also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The former has been BJP's tallest leader in UP, and a former chief minister of the state. But it's not yet clear whether Adityanath did discuss portfolio allocation or government formation with the senior leaders.

The party leadership had also taken an inordinately long time to make up their mind about naming Yogi Adityanath as CM. They also named two deputy chief ministers — Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.

The key portfolio to watch out for will be the state Home Ministry. It is the chief minister who traditionally holds the home ministry, although there are reports suggesting Maurya wants this for himself. Even if not Home Ministry, Maurya and Sharma will get meaty portfolios. What that is, will be interesting to see.

There are other senior leaders — who have been ministers in previous governments — who will also be eyeing plum portfolios in the new Cabinet. These include Surya Pratap Shahi, Swami Prasad Maurya, Satish Mahana, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Suresh Khanna, Dhara Singh Chouhan, SP Singh Baghel, Ramapati Shastri, Om Prakash Rajbhar, Brijesh Pathak, Chetan Chauhan, Srikanth Sharma and Siddharth Nath Singh.

Some of them have already expressed their preferences to Adityanath, although the party has clearly said that it will be the chief minister's prerogative that will decide the allocation.

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