Brajesh Pathak sworn in as UP's deputy CM
Brajesh Pathak, who served as the law minister in the previous Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, sworn in as one of the deputy chief ministers of the northern state on Friday. Representing the vital Brahmin community in the state, Pathak replaced Dinesh Sharma in Adityanath's 2.0 cabinet. Meanwhile, Keshav Prasad Maurya has been retained as the deputy chief minister. With this, the saffron camp stuck to its norm of having Brahmin-OBC combination for deputy chief ministers of the state. Pathak joined the BJP's side in 2017 after quitting Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He had joined the saffron camp at the time in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah and union minister Mahesh Sharma. Following the 2017 polls in which the BJP rose to power in Uttar Pradesh, Pathak became an MLA from Lucknow Central seat.
Known as a prominent Brahmin leader and one who has been credited for working for the party to reinforce the BJP's support base among the community leading up to the 2022 assembly elections.
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