BSP state unit President Swami Prasad Maurya, who won the recent by-election to Padrauna assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh, was on Sunday inducted as a cabinet minister in the Mayawati government, official sources said.
After BSP’s grand success in the recently concluded by-elections in which the party won nine of the 11 assembly seats, Chief Minister Mayawati included one more minister in her cabinet this evening taking its strength to 52.
Governor B L Joshi administered the oath of office to Mr. Maurya, who is considered close to Ms. Mayawati, at Raj Bhawan.
Names of more BSP leaders were doing the rounds but Mayawati included only Mr. Maurya.
Eight more ministerial berths are still vacant in Ms. Mayawati’s government.