Lucknow: Taking the baton of power in Uttar Pradesh, the new Chief Minister of the state Akhilesh Yadav incorporated several experienced political players along with some young leaders in his Cabinet.  The 19 Cabinet Ministers who took oath along with Akhilesh on Thursday included those who have earlier taken charge of various ministries. The only exception is Durga Prasad Yadav  who has been inducted into the ministry for the first time .

Muslims, Yadav, Thakurs in Cabinet

Eyeing the 2014 General Elections, the Samajwadi Party kept caste equation in its priority list in the selection of ministers. The Cabinet of the youngest UP CM is dominated by Muslims, Yadavs and Thakurs.  Interestingly, the party has tried to create a new political equation by adding Thakurs to the traditional Muslim-Yadav in the ministry . Ten leaders from the Thakur community took oath along with 10 Muslims and eight Yadav ministers. Giving preference to Muslim community, the SP has chosen more than one minister from JP Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh and Barabanki.

Regional Equation
Focusing on the regional politics, Akhilesh Yadav has given priority to MLAs from Poorvanchal region. Out of 19 Cabinet ministers , 15 are from Poorvanchal while one has been selected from central UP.  Three ministers were appointed from Western region.  Surprisingly, victorious MLAs from Bundelkhand  don’t figure  out in the list.

24 Ministers from 12 Districts
There wasn’t equal representation of ministers from across the state in Akhilesh’s cabinet as 24 ministers were appointed from 12 districts alone.  It included three ministers from Barabanki and Azamgrah, two ministers each from Bijnaur, JP Nagar, Gonda, Seetapur, Devriya, Azamgarh, Basti, Pratapgarh, Ambedkar Nagar.

Interestingly, in an effort to corner the Congress MP Beni Prasad Verma in his own constituency, Akhilesh appointed three ministers from the Gonda region.