1. Akhilesh expands Cabinet, Shivpal sulks

Akhilesh expands Cabinet, Shivpal sulks

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav expanded his cabinet on Monday, the seventh expansion since he assumed office in March 2012 and probably his last in this tenure.

By: | Lucknow | Published: June 28, 2016 6:11 AM

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav expanded his cabinet on Monday, the seventh expansion since he assumed office in March 2012 and probably his last in this tenure.

Many eyebrows were raised when his uncle and a senior cabinet minister Shivpal Singh Yadav gave the event a miss, thereby giving rise to widespread speculation that he had deliberately stayed away from the swearing-in function as a protest for the CM overruling the party’s merger with gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Qaumi Ekta Dal, which Shivpal had cobbled together.

According to party insiders, Shivpal is said to be sulking after the Samajwadi Party parliamentary board’s decision on Saturday nullifying the merger as it props up Akhilesh’s image, which left Shivpal embarrassed.

Governor Ram Naik administered the oath of office to the five ministers — three of cabinet rank and two ministers of state with independent charge — at the Raj Bhawan here on Monday.

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