Two new faces were added to the Council of Ministers in Uttar Pradesh following a short Cabinet expansion on Thursday. Ballia Sadar MLA Narad Rai and MLA from Jangipur in Ghazipur district Kailash Yadav were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers by Governor B.L. Joshi.

Also sworn in as Cabinet Minister was Minister of State for Dairy Development and Ambedkar Nagar MLA Ram Murti Verma. Minister of State for Mining and MLA from Amethi Gayatri Prasad Prajapati was sworn in as Minister of State (with independent charge).

With Thursday’s Cabinet expansion, the third since the formation of the Akhilesh Yadav government in March 2012, the strength of the Ministry has gone up to 58 – 21 Ministers of Cabinet rank, 31 Ministers of State and six Ministers of State (with independent charge).