Akhilesh may start off with a small Cabinet

Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav  

Akhilesh Yadav, who will become the youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when he assumes office on Thursday, is likely to keep a small Cabinet to begin with. An indication to this effect was given by Mr. Yadav in an informal chat with journalists on Wednesday.

The swearing-in will be at the La Martiniere College ground at 11.30 am. Thereafter, the Chief Minister, Samajwadi Party leaders and the invited guests will proceed to Raj Bhavan for high tea.

The names of the Ministers were finalised by Mr. Yadav and his father, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh, on Tuesday. Among the senior leaders who are likely to take the oath along with the Chief Minister-designate are his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and senior leader Mohammad Azam Khan. Both are likely to be given key portfolios.

Other claimants

The names of several other claimants for a spot in the Ministry are making the rounds.

They include Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhan Parishad Ahmed Hasan, Brahma Shankar Tripathi, Tej Narayan Pandey, Abhishek Mishra and Gayatri Prasad.

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