The newly appointed Uttar Pradesh minister Mohsin Raza lost his cool on the first day of his office on Thursday. Raza is a lone Muslim minister in Yogi Adityanath-led government and has been given charge of Minority Affairs in the state cabinet along with holding the charge as minister of science and electronics department. The minister happily entered his office for the first time but was taken aback to see a photograph of Samajwadi party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav with his party leader Azam Khan hanging on the wall just behind his chair. The minister, who was accompanied by several government officials and media persons asked his official what the picture was doing there.
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Raza pointed hands towards the picture and asked an official standing beside him, “Yeh tasveer kyun lagi hui hai? Apko pata hai kiski sarkar hai?” (Why is this photograph here? Do you know whose government is in power now). When the officials tried to explain by saying he had been waiting for the instructions to remove it. The minister asked why he was waiting for the order. “Kya adesh ka intezaar kar rhe the? Apko pata nhi hai ab sarkar kiski hai?” (Why were you waiting for the orders (to remove the picture)? Don’t you who has come to power in the state?)
The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) did not field any Muslim face in the recently concluded assembly polls in UP. However, after the party won a huge mandate in the state winning as many as 312 on its own and the total climbing to 325 seats when the allies too were counted, out of 403 seats in the assembly, it included Raza in the cabinet.