New Delhi: There are indications that Jitin Prasada, who left the Congress and joined the BJP, may include Brahmin leader Laxmikant Bajpayee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s confidant AK Sharma in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet. The BJP’s crucial move comes ahead of assembly elections in the state in six months.
The move follows an assessment of growing discontent among the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh against the government. In addition to the three from the Brahmin community, two or three from other communities may be considered for the cabinet. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet, which currently has 53 ministers, can accommodate seven more.
The BJP is also trying to appease non-Yadav backward classes and non-caste Scheduled Castes who have supported the party in the last three elections. The decision was taken at a meeting convened by Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence on Thursday. BJP national president JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, senior party functionaries Sunil Bansal and Swatantra Dev Singh were also present at the meeting.
In addition to the decision on cabinet expansion at Amit Shah’s meeting, he also directed that steps be taken to keep the allies together. This is in the context of the high level of grievances against the Chief Minister in the alliance. Earlier this year, the BJP was cut short by comments rising from various quarters that the chief minister was incapable of keeping everyone together.
English Summary: Ex-Congress Leader Jitin Prasada May Join UP Cabinet Before Polls