Yogi Adityanath to be the next Chief Minister (CM) of Uttar Pradesh: More than a week after BJP won a historic landslide in the assembly elections, the party on Saturday finally announced Yogi Adityanath as the state’s next chief minister.
Making the announcement, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that Adityanath’s choice was unanimous and there was no opposition to his name.
Naidu added that it was on Adityanath’s insistence that Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were elected as two deputy chief ministers.
The oath taking ceremony will take place on Sunday at 2.15 PM with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief, Amit Shah, scheduled to join the function. Chief ministers of all BJP-governed states will likely be present at the ceremony.
“This is mandate for development, against caste and religious politics,” Naidu said.
Uttar Pradesh will march on the path of development, we will provide good administration, Chief Minister-elect Adityantah said.
Adityanath has been a five-time MP from Gorakhpur and known for his hardcore Hindutva politics.
Prior to his name’s announcement, there were speculations on the name of the potential chief minister. Among those whose names were being discussed also included Manoj Sinha and Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Slogans of Yogi, Yogi dominated the BJP’s MLA meet in Lucknow as speculations over the Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister’s name continued to grow.
Yogi, according to those present in the meet, was given a rapturous welcome by his party colleagues.
Aside from Yogi, several other leaders including Bhupendra Yadav, Om Mathur, KP Maurya and Sunil Bansal had held a separate meeting, ahead of MLAs’ meet.
In the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the party secured 312 seats in a 403-member house, while its allies Apna Dal (Soneylal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party got nine and four seats respectively.
Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, while its ally the Congress stooped to its lowest tally with seven seats.
Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party could manage to get only 19 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
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