As Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was being sworn in, his list of cabinet colleagues revealed that Danish Azad Ansari had replaced Mohsin Raza as the Muslim face of the BJP in the state. Mr. Ansari, a resident of Balia district, has been a member of the Urdu Language Committee of the UP government. He is also the state secretary general of the Morcha Minority BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Ansari began his political career as a student leader at the University of Lucknow. He has held several positions in the ABVP RSS -related student organization.
He was appointed a member of the language committee after the BJP came to power in 2017.
He has always been active among youth and minority groups, which is seen as an excuse to hold ministerial posts. Mr Ansari has been loyal to the party’s top leadership and has often expressed his gratitude to them.
He had earlier said that the Yogi Adityanath -led government at UP was committed to uplifting minorities and youths. Improving the standard of education and implementing welfare schemes aimed at minorities is a priority of the state government.
Many big names who had been Ministers in the previous cabinet were dropped in the second term.
Srikant Sharma, Satish Mahana, Mahender Singh, Siddharth Nath Singh, Neelkant Tiwari, and Mohsin Raza are among those excluded in the cabinet this time.
Yogi Adityanath was sworn in today as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second time, a record 37 years, in a ceremony at the crowded Lucknow stadium where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the top leader of the BJP and Bollywood star was present.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, who lost the election, was retained as Deputy Chief Minister but Dinesh Sharma, who did not contest in the assembly election this time, was replaced by Brajesh Pathak. Mr Pathak, Minister of Law in the first term of Yogi Adityanath, was a Brahmin strongman who won a second election from a seat in Lucknow.
In addition to Yogi Adityanath, 52 ministers have been sworn in.
The BJP retained power in Uttar Pradesh by winning 255 out of 403 constituencies, garnering 41.29 per cent of the vote share.
Yogi Adityanath, who led his party to a landslide victory, was the first Chief Minister in 37 years to return to power after completing a full term in the state.