Lucknow: Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi might go for a major reshuffle in his cabinet.
Reasons for this reshuffle, party insiders said, are aplenty. Besides, the CM, as well as the organisation, would review the ministers’ performance after completion of one year of the BJP government. It would also trigger a reshuffle.
Moreover, with 325 MLAs, including those from alliance partners, the Yogi cabinet continues to be short of around a dozen ministers as it can accommodate around 60.
Sources in the party told that the ministry reshuffle could come around the time of BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to UP in April.
The BJP trying to set an agenda for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, will bring in more backward leaders in the State ministry to counter the ‘upper caste’ tag on his government.
The reshuffle has also been necessitated by the coming together of two caste-based parties, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. The shock bypoll defeats and the feedback given by Union ministers to the BJP brass in Delhi that despite coming to power in UP due to votes from backward castes, their leaders have not got adequate representation.
“We have 47 ministers in the Council of Ministers and can expand it to 60. Many of the 13 vacancies could be filled by OBC leaders. There is no Dalit-Jatav face in the Cabinet and we may bring in one such leader,” a BJP leader said.
The party could also opt for backward leaders for 10 MLC seats, the election for which is due in May this year.
Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel and Rajbhar have met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi recently and have demanded more share in the government.
A Yadav face could also be inducted, with the name of Faizabad MLA Ram Chandra Yadav doing the rounds.
The BJP State spokesperson Chandramohan refused to comment on the Cabinet reshuffle but said that the Chief Minister would surely make an “assessment of the performance of his ministers as the government has completed one year” and the party brass could decide upon possible changes.