Lucknow: Twenty three MLAs were inducted as new ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expanded his cabinet on Wednesday.
Out of the 23, six of them have been given the rank of cabinet ministers in what was the first reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state.
23 MLAs take oath as ministers in Uttar Pradesh Government, 6 of them as Cabinet Ministers, in the first Cabinet reshuffle of the present Government pic.twitter.com/IaUqWyt7oc
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Among those who were administered the oath of office and secrecy were -
Mahendra Singh, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, Ram Naresh Agnihotri, Suresh Rana, Anil Rajbhar and Kamla Rani.
(Ministers with Independent Charge)
Neel Kanth Tiwari, Kapil Dev Agarwal, Satish Dwivedi, Ashok Kataria, Ram Chouhan and Raveendra Jaiswal.
(Ministers of State)
Anil Sharma, Mahendra Gupta, Anand Swarup Shukla, Vijay Kashyap, Giraj Singh Dharmesh, Lakhan Singh Rajput, Neelima Katiyar, Ch Uday Bhan Singh, Chandrika Prasad Upadhyay, Ramshankar Singh Patel and Ajit Singh Pal.
It was earlier reported that at least 24 new ministers would be inducted in the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state.
The sources said that the names of new ministers were finalised after hectic deliberations between Yogi Adityanath, UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and state BJP organisational secretary Sunil Bansal at the chief minister's official residence in Lucknow.
The finalised list was sent to the state's Governor this morning.
Ahead of the cabinet expansion, several senior ministers had resigned to make way for new entrants in the ministry.
Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal had sent his resignation to the Chief Minister on Tuesday afternoon while state BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh, who was the Transport Minister, had put in his papers on Monday.
Other ministers who also quit from their posts were - Chetan Chauhan, Anupama Jaiswal, Mukut Bihari Verma and Swati Singh.
Later, news agency ANI said that the resignations of five Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Ministers - Minister Rajesh Agarwal, Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh and other ministers Archana Pandey, Anupama Jaiswal and Dharampal Singh - have been accepted.
Sources said these ministers have been eased out at the instructions of the BJP top brass, owing to poor and average performance in the two-year-plus tenure.
Earlier, the cabinet reshuffle was to take place on Monday but was postponed owing to the critical health of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley.