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After portfolio tussle, CM Adityanath shifts deputy Maurya out of fifth floor office

After being sworn in as deputy chief minister, Maurya had made the fifth floor of the Annexe building his office

india Updated: Mar 24, 2017 20:05 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Yogi Adityanath,Uttar Pradesh,Keshav Prasad Maurya
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya during the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.(AFP photo)

Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has shifted out of the ‘fifth floor’ of ‘Annexe’ building after he was politely ‘advised’ to do so.

This ‘fifth floor’ has been the traditional seat of power as it housed the chief minister’s office over the years.

After visiting the Annexe on Wednesday, chief minister Yogi Adityanath got it conveyed to Maurya that he would like to function from the ‘fifth floor’ office as making the new chief minister’s office at Lok Bhawan fully functional may take some time.

This comes days after reports that there was a tussle between the chief minister and his deputy over who would keep the home portfolio.

Although the chief minister functioned from the Lok Bhawan office for some days, he worked at the ‘Annexe’ office on Thursday.

After being sworn in as deputy chief minister, Maurya had made his office at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan (Annexe) and began working from where Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav ruled the state as chief minister till recently.

“Now, the chief minister’s name plate has been put up on the ‘fifth floor’ office.

Yogi met senior officers at the ‘Annexe’ building here on Thursday,” confirmed a state government officer.

The CM had issued instructions to ban use of ‘gutkha’ and ‘pan masala’ in government buildings across UP during his visit to the Annexe.

Maurya has now shifted to his newly-allotted office at Vidhan Bhawan, where senior SP leader Mohammad Azam Khan used to work as minister for urban development and parliamentary affairs. He worked in his Vidhan Bhawan office for some time before leaving for New Delhi on Thursday.

He was officially given the office at Vidhan Bhawan. But he probably liked the ‘Annexe’ more and hence decided to work from there.

Maurya’s counterpart -- the other deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma – may, however, work at the ‘fifth floor’ office where Anita Singh worked as principal secretary to the chief minister.

Akhilesh Yadav and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had inaugurated the Lok Bhawan before the 2017 assembly elections.

The new chief minister’s secretariat at Lok Bhawan has been constructed on the pattern of the Vidhan Bhawan that was built in 1928. As the about 90-year-old Vidhan Bhawan lacked sufficient space to accommodate offices of the increasing number of officers and employees, the new secretariat building for the chief minister was built.

First Published: Mar 24, 2017 13:59 IST