Anupriya Patel gets Health and family welfare. Anupriya Patel, today took oath as a Minister of State (MoS) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Patel, a first time MP, is an eloquent pro-Modi voice within and outside the Lok Sabha whose OBC roots have positioned her as an important BJP ally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
The support of BJP, Patel’s associates say, can help her claim the legacy of her father who built Apna Dal’s base among OBCs, primarily his fellow castemen Kurmis.
Her inclusion in the Union Council of Ministers is apparently aimed at consolidating backward votes in poll bound UP, especially eastern parts of the state where another tall Kurmi leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been trying to make a foray ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls.
Her speeches in the Lower House on various issues have often drawn lavish praise from the treasury benches.
BJP’s plans to project Anupriya as a prominent backward face had become clear with its national President Amit Shah attending the 67th birth anniversary of Sonelal Patel which was observed recently as ‘jan swabhiman rally” in Varanasi.