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Among the others were 23 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state with independent charge and 15 ministers of state.
What was also significant was the appointment of two deputy chief ministers – Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.
What added colour to the occasion was the arrival of outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav as well as his father and former UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who were seen exchanging pleasantries at the venue.
But I must admit the appointment of a Muslim in the cabinet is a good gesture.
This is the second time in the history of the country’s most populous and therefore electorally most crucial state there is a deputy chief minister.
Mahant Avaidyanath passed on the baton to Yogi Adityanath in 1998, 16 years before he died in 2014.
Mahant Digvijay Nath, an MP on Hindu Mahasabha ticket, was succeeded as temple chief by mahant Avaidyanath, a three-time MLA and an MP.
At first sight, he is no different from any other saffron-clad Hindu volunteer offering selfless service at Gorakhnath temple, but this 30-year-old youth shares a special bond with the temple’s head priest and Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Man Mohammad is a Muslim youth who has been serving at the temple’s ‘gaushala’ (cow shelter) since the age of 10.
He is suffering from age-related problems and the cost of his treatment is being borne by Yogi Adityanath.
Mohsin Raza lone Muslim face in Yogi Adityanath-led government
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