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

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UP Cabinet distribution highlights: Yogi Adityanath keeps home ministry, KP Maurya gets PWD
  • 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
    Rajesh Agarwal Finance
    Rita Bahuguna Joshi Women Child and Family welfare
    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

  • 18:51 (IST)

    Swami Prasad Maurya gets Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation department

  • 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."

  • 18:15 (IST)

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Sidharth Nath Singh gets health portfolio: NDTV

  • 17:56 (IST)

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

  • 17:55 (IST)

  • 17:54 (IST)

    Surya Partap Shahi gets agriculture ministry: ANI

  • 17:51 (IST)

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

  • 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.

  • 17:40 (IST)

    Formal list of UP ministers sent to Governor Ram Naik, official announcement to come shortly

  • 17:35 (IST)

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  • 17:30 (IST)

    Dayashankar Singh's wife Swati Singh gets women welfare portfolio

    Swati Singh, wife of Dayashankar Singh, who was briefly expelled from the party for making unpalatable comments against Mayawati,, has been given the women and child welfare portfolio, according to CNN-News18.

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Mohsin Raza, gets minority welfare portfolio: CNN-News18

    Sole Muslim face in Yogi Adityanath's cabinet, Mohsin Raza has been given the minority welfare portfolio in UP government.  

    BJP and its allies had not fielded a single Muslim candidate while contesting the 403 assembly seats of UP.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    Deputy Chief minister Dinesh Sharma likely to get finance portfolio: India Today

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Chetan Chauhan to be Sports Minister

    Former Cricketer Chetan Chauhan, who hail from Bareily in Uttar Pradesh, has been appointed as the sports minister in Uttar Pradesh according to India Today. 

  • 17:10 (IST)

    UP CM Yogi Adityanath allocates portfolio, Maurya gets PWD ministry

    According to CNN-News18, the new UP CM has announced the cabinet portfolios. BJP state unit chief and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has reportedly been given the crucial. Public Works and Irrigation portfolios.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Meanwhile.. the new UP govt has set the ball rolling as far as law and order is concerned

    While reports are suggesting that both Deputy CM KP Maurya, and Yogi Adityanath are keen on keeping the crucial home portfolio, the new chief minister has already said the ball rolling in the state.

    The new government has issued orders to constitute "anti-Romeo squad" in 11 districts of the Lucknow zone to prevent molestation and harassment cases. Executive orders have also been issued to curb illegal cow slaughter and the police chiefs have been briefed to reign in cattle smuggling, land mafia and crime against women.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Many first timers to take charge in UP cabinet

    According to a report in India Today, Yogi Adityanath's cabinet of ministers lacks slightly on the front of experience.The report states that out of the 22 cabinet ministers, only 12 have experience of running ministries before but the remaining are first timers.

  • 16:29 (IST)

    Meanwhile... Adityanath relieves all non-govt advisers, chairmen across various departments of their charge

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has relieved all non government advisers, chairmen, deputy chairmen and members in corporations, committees and departments of their charges with effect from Tuesday.

    Previous Samajwadi Party government had appointed over 80 such advisers, chairmen/vice chairmen and members, who included party workers and eminent personalities of their fields, in government department/ corporations. They were enjoying the status of state minister with all the benefits meant for the state  minister.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath's 47-member-team to have 22 Cabinet ministers

    Yogi Adityanath's 47-member Council of Ministers, includes two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. Besides this, Adityanath's team will also constitute of 22 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state with independent charge and 13 ministers of state.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Defectors who joined BJP likely to be in Yogi Adityanath's Cabinet of Ministers

    BJP had placed its bets on many defectors from other parties who had recently joined the BJP. The priority in ticket distribution, as party sources have said, was winnability of a candidate and nothing else.

    Now that these candidates have fetched BJP their respective seats, they are likely to be rewarded with meaty portfolios. Likes of these leaders may include Swami Prasad Maurya, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Brajesh Pathak among others.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath's new cabinet likely to have stamp of approval from Modi, Shah

    The newly appointed Uttar Pradesh chief minister was in Delhi on Tuesday where he called upon senior party leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah and party veteran LK Advani. Even as his visit was largely dubbed as courtesy calling, a report in The Times of India suggested that Yogi Adityanath had a "thorough discussion" on the portfolio distribtion in Uttar Pradesh. 

    The news report also suggested that the UP CM is keen to keep the home ministry, as is the precedent in the state.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    New UP govt to hold first Cabinet meeting today, decision on portfolio distribution likely


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.

Yogi Adityanath met BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday. PTI

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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Updated Date: Mar 22, 2017 19:53:48 IST

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