Yogi Adityanath reshuffles UP cabinet
The most significant aspect of Wednesday's reshuffle is that majority of the newly inducted ministers are first-timers with almost no administrative experience. Yogi Adityanath will face an uphill task in making these ministers perform.
The reshuffle, and the possible induction of new members, is likely to fill the slots that have fallen vacant in the last few months, particularly after some ministers got elected to the Lok Sabha.
Michael Lobo, who resigned as the deputy speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, and three of the 10 MLAs who had earlier this week joined the BJP -- Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jeniffer Monserratte, Philip Neri Rodrigues -- were sworn in as new ministers.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already worked out the modalities of the cabinet reshuffle after consulting Amit Shah during his last visit to Delhi. The BJP is also focusing on increasing the participation of Dalits and OBCs.
The 13 comprise 10 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from Shiv Sena and one from ally the Republican Party of India (A) (RPI-A).
The saffron party had on April 17 asked all its nine ministers in the PDP-BJP government in the state to submit their resignations to enable bringing in new faces in the two-year-old Mufti cabinet.
Ahead of the reshuffle, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh resigned on Sunday. The post will be filled by Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta.
This comes as the much-awaited reshuffle in the Mehbooba Mufti led Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to take place with the BJP expected to bring in some new faces.
The reshuffle comes within a fortnight of the ruling partner BJP asking all its ministers in the state government to resign soon after two party ministers resigned over the Kathua rape and murder case.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule was offered a Cabinet berth by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but she turned down the offer
Nitish Kumar blamed the media over reports suggesting Janata Dal United’s inclusion in the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet
An effective BJP spokesperson in the run-up to the 2014 polls, Sitharaman will be the second woman in the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security after External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj
In the biggest turnaround in the third major reshuffle of the union Cabinet, Nirmala Sitharaman was on Sunday named the new Defence Minister, becoming only the second woman o hold the post since former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
Soon after being elevated to Cabinet ranks in the major reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, Power Minister Piyush Goyal was on Sunday given the charge of the Railway ministry
After the Janata Dal (United) failed to find a place in the major reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday took a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over not being invited to the attend the oath-taking ceremony
Four junior ministers -- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal were elavated to the cabinet rank and nine fresh faces inducted as Ministers of State in a major rejig of his team by Prime Minister Narendra Modi