Raina, who had played a key role in the Kashmir blockade during the 2008 Amarnath land row agitation, had assaulted independent MLA from Kashmir, Sheikh Abdur Engineer Rashid, inside the Legislative Assembly in 2015 for hosting a "beef party" at the state MLAs' hostel.
Raina replaces Sat Pal Sharma who was recently inducted into the ministry following sacking of two ministers who had supported the demand for CBI probe into the incident of rape-murder of a minor girl in Kathua. He was allocated Housing and Urban Development.
He stirred a controversy in 2015 when he took oath as a member of the assembly in the name of "Mata Vaishno Devi". It was strongly objected by Opposition members, who said there was no provision for a member of the House to take oath in the name of Vaishno Devi. The Protem Speaker Mohmmad Shafi Uri had to intervene and ask Raina to take oath in the name of God. A BJP leader said Raina has been a pracharak of RSS.