Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to expand his Cabinet Sunday evening, barely months ahead of the state Assembly elections.
While officials said a swearing-in ceremony has been scheduled at the Gandhi auditorium in Raj Bhavan, they remained tight-lipped about the number or the names of ministers who will be inducted into the cabinet. Brahmin leader Jitin Prasada, who switched over to the BJP from the Congress, and Sanjay Nishad, whose NISHAD (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) party will contest the elections with the BJP, are among the names reportedly being considered.
There are 53 ministers in the UP cabinet at present, and seven more can be inducted as per the constitutional limit.
Earlier in June, amid strong speculation that CM Adityanath was going to reshuffle his Cabinet, BJP’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge, Radha Mohan Singh, had said though there were vacant posts, it’s CM Adityanath’s prerogative to fill them as and when he likes to.