The BJP’s massive win in Uttar Pradesh has paved the way for the first reshuffle of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Council of Ministers as three Ministers have won the Lok Sabha election creating vacancies in the State Cabinet. Also, a vacancy was created after disgruntled Minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader O.P. Rajbhar was sacked by the Chief Minister for his outburst against his senior NDA partner, the BJP.Rewarding leadersThe ruling party is likely to reward its leaders for their hard work during the election campaigning which resulted in it winning 62 seats, BJP sources said. This would be the first Cabinet reshuffle since Mr. Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister in March 2017. He indicated during an interview that a Cabinet reshuffling was very much on the cards and he was likely to take a decision soon. “We will do it (Cabinet expansion). We will do everything as and when time comes. We will do everything in the interest of the State,” the Chief Minister had said.Four Cabinet Ministers in the U.P. government were in the poll fray. Of them, three won and one lost. With the monsoon session of the Assembly likely in the next couple of months, it is to be seen whether the reshuffle takes place before or after it.
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