Meet Danish Azad Ansari, the only Muslim minister in UP’s Yogi Government 2.0

Earlier in his second innings, the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh tried to hit the right caste equations, especially with the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in mind. As part of the inclusion of people from different races and communities, Yogi Sarkar 2.0 also has a Muslim minister.

Danish Azad Ansari was sworn in as Minister of State on Friday, and even Mohsin Raja, who was the only Muslim face in the previous government and was known for his strong views on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has been dropped. .

Danish said he was surprised to receive a call from the chief minister’s residence in the morning as the 33-year-old Yogi had the opportunity to join Adityanath’s party.

The youth leader is serving as the state general secretary of the BJP Minority Morcha (UP).

In 2017, he was made a member of the Urdu Language Committee of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Danish began his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP’s ideological advisor.

A resident of Balia district, Danish also has close ties with Lucknow University. He has both studied there and learned his politics.

Danish’s relationship with ABVP began in 2011 at Lucknow University. He held various important positions in the student body.

While at Lucknow University, Danish earned his B.Com, and MA degrees and also completed his studies in Public Administration in 2015-16.

After becoming a member of the state’s Urdu language committee in 2017, he became the state general secretary of the BJP’s minority wing in UP.

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