Lucknow, Feb 9: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked Minister of State (independent charge) for Higher Education Sharda Pratap Shukla from his council of ministers on Thursday.
Shukla was denied a ticket from Samajwadi Party to contest elections from his present constituency, Sarojini Nagar in Lucknow. Following which, Shukla has filed for a nomination from the Rashtriya Lok Dal.
As a consequence of which, he was removed from the council of ministers by Yadav. Shukla had been inducted in the council in June last year along with other ministers.
Anurag Yadav, Akhilesh’s cousin and brother of SP MP Dharmendra Yadav will now contest the election from Sarojini Nagar in Lucknow.