Yogi Adityanath Sworn In as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

20 March, 2017, 03:16 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Yogi Adityanath Sworn In as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

The Chief Minister, his two deputy chief ministers - Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma - and 44 other ministers have been picked in a careful balancing act by the BJP, which took seven days after election results were announced to name its UP Chief Minister, crucial to the party's preparation for the 2019 national election when it will seek another term at the Centre.

"We will follow "sabka saath, sabka vikas" agenda and will serve the state..."

Analysts are likely to interpret Yogi's selection as the chief minister as the RSS' flexing its muscles and influencing BJP's decision-making, but frankly, it does not matter if Prime Minister Modi or the RSS are on the same page or not.

Those criticizing #YogiAdityanath as Chief Minister of UP will be the ones appreciating him after Modi is done with his speech tomorrow.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said the BJP and the RSS are not undefeatable and that people of India will win the fight against communalism. "Development without any caste and religious consideration would be the top priority of my government".

"In the past 15 years, UP lagged in the race for development as previous governments indulged in corruption, nepotism and failed on the law and order front due to which people were affected", he said.

There are 22 members of the cabinet, nine ministers of state with independent charge and 13 ministers of state.

A group of 200-odd saffron-clad monks chanted "Jai Shri Ram" after every word of the oath that Adityanath uttered, creating a surcharged atmosphere and perhaps providing a glimpse of how the state might be run over the next five years.

Chanting "Modi Modi" and "Yogi Yogi", BJP supporters cheered their leaders. The ceremony was addressed by UP Governor Ram Naik.

"Modi is saying India is a Hindu country and shall remain so", veteran journalist and commentator Shekhar Gupta told Reuters. Dhara Singh Chouhan, Dharampal Singh, S.P. Singh Baghel, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Satyadev Pachauri, Ramapati Shastry were the next in line to take oath as the cabinet ministers of Uttar Pradesh 2017. The pain of his son being dropped was quite visible on Rajnath's face. What makes him the most desirable choice to lead Uttar Pradesh on behalf of the Bhartiya Janta Party?

The party has given ministerial berths to representatives of sections and regions of the state which voted for it and allies who helped get votes.

Senior party leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was the central observer at the Legislature Party meeting, said it was a watershed moment for the BJP and it has become a common man's party.

"At the same time, this is a very big test for Modi", he noted. The gesture was generously reciprocated by both. Though the BJP ensured that no Muslims were given tickets in the Assembly polls, a surprise inclusion in the newly formed cabinet is cricketer-turned-politician and BJP spokesperson in the state, Mohsin Raza, who was sworn in as a minister of state. He was sworn in as a Minister of State.

Maurya is the state BJP chief and a Lok Sabha member from Phoolpur while Sharma is the Lucknow mayor. A commerce professor in the University of Lucknow, he is known for developing good relations with political opponents and others including the Muslim community.

Modi has projected a development agenda and has underlined this in recent statements.


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