He became a minister not something to be expected but a symbol of the trust instilled by the party as a dedicated worker and a “slap” in the face of the opposition party and the Samajwadi Congress, Uttar Pradesh Muslim Danish sole minister Azad Ansari said on Friday.
Not a member of any UP legislature, Mr Ansari, who hails from Ballia, was sworn in as one of 52 ministers in Yogi Adityanath’s government on Friday.
“I am very happy that I was given the opportunity. My appointment as minister was a blow by the BJP for the SP (Samajwadi Party) and Congress. Muslims have benefited from every Yogi government scheme. There is participation from Muslims in the plan. I will strive to bring together Muslims, “he told NDTV.
“I thank the party for giving great opportunities to ordinary party workers like me. I thank them for this. I will perform my duties with honesty,” he told PTI news agency.
When asked whether getting a ministerial seat was unexpected, he said, “No, this is not the case. The BJP recognizes the hard work of every employee. To me, it is a symbol of the trust given by the party in dedicated employees.”
He also claimed that Muslims ’faith in the BJP had increased.
“The welfare scheme run by the BJP benefits Muslims. The government does not ask anyone’s caste and religion before giving them benefits from the scheme. The BJP works for the basic facilities and needs of Muslims,” he said.
Mr Ansari replaces Mohsin Raza, who served as Minister of State for Minority Welfare in the previous Yogi Adityanath government, as his only Islamic face.
The 32 -year -old had joined the BJP -linked student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 2010 when he was a student at Lucknow University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Quality Management.
He was nominated to the Urdu Language Committee in the Yogi government in October 2018, and thus, received the status of Minister of State.
Mr. Ansari was appointed Secretary General of the BJP Minority Cell shortly before the Assembly election.