Ex-Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya sworn in as Minister in Yogi Adityanath cabinet in UP

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Lucknow: Baby Rani Maurya, former Governor of Uttarakhand, was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in the new Yogi Adityanath Cabinet at Ekana Stadium on Friday.

Baby Rani Maurya had contested from the Agra rural Assembly seat in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. She has also been the first woman Mayor of Agra.

Baby Rani Maurya is among the five women ministers who took oath in the Yogi 2.0 cabinet on Friday. A total of 52 ministers took the oath of office, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The other woman ministers who took oath included Gulab Devi, Pratibha Shukla, Rajani Tiwari, and Vijay Laxmi Gautam.

Baby Rani Maurya is believed to have a stronghold in the Agra belt which has previously been a bastion of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The move is significant as the BJP looks to extend its reach among the scheduled castes after Swamy Prasad Maurya left the party and joined Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party weeks ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls 2022.

Since 2014, the BJP has been seeking to make inroads in the core vote bank of the BSP. Earlier on Friday, Yogi Adityanath took oath for his second consecutive term as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and several Union Ministers were present at the grand ceremony in Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium. Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states and party leaders also attended the oath-taking ceremony.

Yogi was sworn in by Governor Anandiben Patel in a packed Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium having a crowd of more than 50,000 in attendance. (ANI)

first published:March 25, 2022, 6:44 p.m.

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