Amid the reports of a possible cabinet expansion likely on June 27, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday dismissed senior party leader and Cabinet minister Balram Yadav.
Considered to be close to Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Balram was secondary education minister. He had been re-elected to UP legislative council in the elections held on June 10. The sudden decision to dismiss Balram remained a suspense as no senior leader in the party was ready to speak over the issue.
Balram hails from Mulayam’s Lok Sabha constituency Azamgarh and there had been reports about differences between him and another minister who also belongs to Azamgarh. It is also learnt that Balram had played a key role in the merger of Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with Samajwadi Party (SP), which was held earlier in the day in the presence of party state in-charge Shivpal Singh Yadav in Lucknow.
Sources, meanwhile, said that Akhilesh may induct a new face from Azamgarh in his Cabinet in the next expansion. Balram’s son SangramYadav is also expecting a berth in the Cabinet. Sangram is MLA from Atraulia seat in Azamgarh. Some new faces from the recently elected MLCs may also get a place in the cabinet.