Akhilesh revamps his Cabinet, inducts fresh faces (Update)

Lucknow, Oct. 31 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday inducted 12 fresh faces in his cabinet in one of the biggest reshuffles before the state goes to polls in 2017.

Those inducted as cabinet ministers include Arvind Singh Gope, Kamal Akhtar, Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh, Balwant Singh Ahluwalia and Saheb Singh Saini.

The legislators who were sworn-in as ministers of state (independent charge) include Riyaz Ahmad, Farid Mehfooj Kidwai, Mool Chand Chauhan, Nitin Agarwal, Yasser Shah, Madan Chauhan and Sadab Fatima.

Those inducted as ministers of state include Radhey Shyam Singh, Shailendra Yadav Lalai, Onkar Singh Yadav, Tej Narain Pandey alias Pawan Pandey, Sudhir Kumar Rawat Laxmikant alias Pappu Nishad and Vanshi Dhar Gaur.

U.P Governor Ram Naik administered oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at the Gandhi Sabhagar of Raj Bhawan.

Hemraj Singh Verma, who was inducted as a minister of state, could not take the oath.

The swearing-in ceremony of these new ministers began with governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Akhilesh and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav garlanding the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 140th birth anniversary.

In a surprise move, the government had sacked eight ministers — five cabinet ministers and three ministers of state (MoS) — and stripped nine other of their portfolios.

Prominent sacked ministers who were seen include Raja Aridaman Singh and Shiv Kumar Beria.

The move is being seen as a major effort to refurbish the government’s image before the state goes to polls in 2017. (ANI)

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