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New UP Cabinet members assigned portfolios, Jitin Prasada gets technical education ministry

Prasada, a former Congress leader, had switched over to the Bharatiya Janata Party in June this year.

September 27, 2021 / 10:41 PM IST
Jitin Prasada takes oath as minister in the UP government (Image: ANI)

Jitin Prasada takes oath as minister in the UP government (Image: ANI)


The seven newly inducted Cabinet members in Uttar Pradesh were assigned portfolios on September 27, with former Congress leader Jitin Prasada being allotted the technical education ministry.

Prasada, a top Brahmin leader in the state who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in June this year, was the only minister to be sworn-in on September 26 as part of the Cabinet expansion exercise. Six others, all of them BJP legislators, were inducted as ministers of state (MoS).

As per a statement issued by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Twitter, MoS Paltu Ram has been assigned soldier welfare, homeguard and PAC charge; Sangita Balwant gets cooperative, Dharmvir Prajapati gets industrial development department, Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar gets revenue, Sanjiv Kumar gets social welfare and ST/ST welfare; and Dinesh Khatik gets jal shakti and flood control.

The Cabinet expansion exercise was undertaken around four months before the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

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The inclusion of Prasada assumes significance as he is expected to boost the party's popularity among the Brahmin community - a section of which, according to experts, is viewing the incumbent BJP government as pro-Thakur (the caste of the chief minister).

However, critics viewed Prasada's induction in the state Cabinet, instead of the Union Cabinet, as a demotion since he was a Union minister in the erstwhile UPA-led government at the Centre.

Prasada, while responding to such views, told a news channel that his appointment should neither be viewed as a promotion or demotion. "It is all about the will to serve the people," the 47-year-old said.
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first published: Sep 27, 2021 09:58 pm

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