Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today kept the bulk of ministries, including the key Home and Finance, with him.
Interestingly, controversial independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, who was jailed by previous chief minister Mayawati and against whom there are pending criminal cases of attempt to murder, kidnapping and abduction, has been given Prison department.
In portfolio allocation by Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi in consultation with the Chief Minister, Akhilesh, who was sworn in as the youngest CM on March 15 along with 28 Cabinet ministers and 19 Ministers of State, kept charge of 50 departments while his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav was given responsibility of PWD and Irrigation.
Another senior leader and Samajwadi Party's Muslim face Azam Khan has been allocated Parliamentary Affairs, Muslim waqf, Urban Development, Minority Welfare and Haj, besides Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation.
Raghuraj Pratap Singh, whose induction in cabinet had sparked criticism, has been allocated Food and Civil Supplies along with prison.
Ahmad Hasan has got Medical and Health, Family Welfare and Mother and Child welfare and Balram Yadav will hold Panchayati Raj Department.
Apart from Home and Finance, the other departments with Akhilesh are general administration, vigilance, appointment, information, tax and registration, secondary education, higher education, technical education, medical education, housing, cane development, sugar mills, IT, planning, estate, excise, power and institutional finance.
Waqar Ahmad Shah has been alloted Labour and Employment and Transport Department has been given to Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh.