Akhilesh to expand ministry on June 27

(Lucknow): In a major decision taken by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will expand his ministry strength on June 27, probably this might be last reshuffle of his council of ministers before the state assembly election in early 2017.

Interestingly, this is the seventh time Akhilesh is doing expansion of his ministry since he has assumed office in 2017.

According to Raj Bhawan release, UP Governor Ram Naik will administer oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at Raj Bhawan on June 27.

Akhilesh in his last expansion of his ministry on October 31, last year, the CM had included five cabinet ministers, eight ministers of state with independent charge and eight ministers of states.

The cabinet expansion speculation has been rift in recent past and each time when chief minister met the governor in Raj Bhawan, it might fuel some rumors.

Senior minister Balram Yadav’s sudden and surprise dismissal from the ministry yesterday following the merger of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal with Samajwadi Party.

There are four vacancies in the ministry and the maximum permissible strength of the ministry, including the chief minister is 60 in UP.