Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday hinted at an expansion of the state’s council of ministers after the Bihar assembly elections scheduled to end next month.
“Let the elections in Bihar be over,” said the chief minister while replying to a question about the impending reshuffle of the ministry in Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh has a maximum permissible strength of 60 for the council of ministers. There are 26 cabinet ministers, including the chief minister, 24 ministers of state, and four ministers of state (independent charge).
With the death of minister of state (independent charge) for rural engineering service Rajendra Rana on Tuesday, the vacancies in the council of ministers has gone up to six. There are indications that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav may drop an equal number of ministers who have become a cause of embarrassment to him and the Samajwadi Party for one reason or the other.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has often warned some of the controversial ministers to their mend ways or else they would be dropped. Yadav had also indicated that some of the ministers would have to be dropped if the party wanted to win the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections in UP.
Thus, there is a question mark over the fate of many such controversial ministers.