Much to everyone's surprize, the list included one Muslim face - Mohsin Raza, a retired cricketer who recently joined BJP.
Bharatiya Janata Party hadn’t fielded any Muslim candidate in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, a move which attracted barrage of criticism from opposition that party discriminated with a community which comprises state’s 20 per cent population. On Sunday, as Yogi Adityanath took oath as 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, everyone thought that the cabinet this time won’t have any Muslim face. However, much to everyone’s surprize, the list included one Muslim face – Mohsin Raza, a retired cricketer who recently joined BJP. 40-year-old Raza, who recently joined the BJP, was appointed party’s spokesperson in the state. However, his appointment has surprised many. Raza’s appointment was quite inevitable as there are several departments in Uttar Pradesh which can only be run by a Muslim candidate. Raza is likely to be given the charge of Minority Affairs Ministry which comprises many departments working for the development of minority community in the state.
Raza belongs to capital city of Lucknow. The leader is graduate and a passout of city’s Jublee inter college. Raza isn’t an elected MLA or MLC in UP’s bicameral legislature. As per the rules, Raza will be appointed either to Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of the State. Adityanath was been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon.
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The oath-taking ceremony was administrated by governor Ram Naik at a function in Lucknow’s Kanshiram memorial ground. BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya who was one of the front runners for the post also took oath as the new Deputy Chief Minister along with party’s National Vice-President Dinesh Sharma.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Party President Amit Shah. Yogi Adityanath who is a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, was elected BJP Legislature Party leader at a meeting of MLAs in Lucknow on Saturday. After the meeting, he met Ram Naik and staked claim to form the government in the state.