Post-riots, two Muslims, 1 Jat get cabinet berths

Facing flak for the riots that hit Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in August, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav bestowed minister of state status to two Muslim and one Jat leader from western Uttar Pradesh.

Rafiq Ansari, who hails from Meerut, has been inducted in the tourism department as an Advisor. The leader had contested 2012 Assembly elections from Meerut on SP ticket but was defeated by BJP's state president Laxmikant Bajpai

Another leader Mohammad Abbas, also from Meerut, has been appointed as Advisor in the labour and employment department. Abbas had served as national secretary of the Samajwadi Party's youth wing.

Kuldeep Ujjawal, a Jat leader from Baghpat, has been appointed as the chairman of Remote Sensing Application Center. Ujjawal is a former president of Choudhary Charan Singh University's students' union, Meerut.

The CM also appointed Subhash Yadav, hailing from Mulayam's parliamentary constituency in Karhal, Mainpuri, as an Advisor in rural engineering department. Yadav is a former MLC and is son of late Nathu Singh Yadav who gave up his Assembly seat - Jaswant Nagar in Etawah - for Mulayam's entry in politics in 1967.

BJP leader surrenders, sent to custody<\b>

BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi, wanted for her alleged involvement in the recent communal riots that killed over 60 persons, Monday surrendered before a local court which sent her to 14-day judicial custody. Prachi surrendered before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, which also rejected her interim bail application, the prosecution said. Her bail plea will be taken up for hearing today. Prachi, who contested the 2012 Assembly elections on a BJP ticket, was among around 40 persons accused of inciting riots through their provocative speeches.

SP govt best in country, says Mulayam<\b>

Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday termed the SP Samajwadi Party government in the state as the country's best and asked the partymen to propagate good works done by it.

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