For Uttar Pradesh, BJP has a new spelling for vikas: Yogi Adityanath

Adityanath and the others will be sworn in at Lucknow’s Smriti Upvan on Sunday at 2.15 pm

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:March 19, 2017 5:06 am
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AFTER day-long suspense, the BJP chose controversial MP Yogi Adityanath to head its first government in Uttar Pradesh in 15 years. The 44-year-old saffron-clad head priest of the Gorakhpur mutt would have two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. A firebrand five-term MP from Gorakhpur and a hardline Hindutva leader, Adityanath was elected the BJP legislature party leader at a meeting of the newly elected MLAs, held a week after the BJP won UP by a three-fourth majority. In his first, brief interaction with the media after his surprise selection, Adityanath promised to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ agenda, and strive for “good governance”. “I am confident the state will march on the path of development,” he said at Raj Bhavan, where he had gone to meet the Governor.

Addressing the media later, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was the central observer for the election of the legislature party leader along with BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, said Adityanath was a unanimous choice of the party’s 312 MLAs — and that Adityanath himself asked for the two deputies. By choosing Keshav Prasad Maurya, the BJP state chief, and Dinesh Sharma, who is the Lucknow Mayor, the BJP has got itself a Thakur (Adityanath), an OBC (Maurya) and a Brahmin (Sharma) as the face of its government in the state. None of the three incidentally is a member of the UP Assembly.

Adityanath, who was present at the press conference, did not talk to reporters.

Adityanath and the others will be sworn in at Lucknow’s Smriti Upvan on Sunday at 2.15 pm at a ceremony to be attended by Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Adityanath will be the 21st CM of UP.

The meeting of the BJP legislators began at 5.45 pm at Lok Bhawan, the new Secretariat building in the Chief Minister’s Office. The arrival of Adityanath 20 minutes earlier had taken everybody by surprise, first setting off the buzz that the MP whose supporters had long been pushing his case for the UP top job could be the BJP’s eventual choice.

Before arriving in Lucknow, Adityanath held a meeting with Amit Shah in Delhi. Later, Adityanath along with BJP state in-charge Om Prakash Mathur, Maurya and party state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal flew into Lucknow on a chartered plane. They held a meeting at the VVIP guest house before coming to Lok Bhawan.

Around 7 pm, Dinesh Sharma too joined the legislators’ meeting.

The BJP MLA from Shahjahanpur, Suresh Khanna, first proposed Adityanath’s name as leader of the legislature group. Eleven other MLAs, including Dara Singh Chauhan, Swami Prasad Maurya, S P Singh Baghel, Virendra Singh Sirohi and Mukut Bihari Verma, supported the proposal. Naidu then asked the legislators to propose any other name if they wished to, but all the members gave their approval for Adityanath.

Naidu then informed Amit Shah over the phone about the proceedings of the meeting.

Naidu said Adityanath himself asked for two deputies saying UP was a big state, and added that Maurya and Sharma were then chosen by party leaders.

The senior BJP leader said Adityanath would decide the members of his Cabinet after consultation with party leaders on Sunday. People had given the BJP the mandate for development, he said. “This is a historic win. This is a watershed moment for the BJP… The BJP has become a common man’s party. UP message is very clear and it is that country wants to move with Modi. Mandate is for development, mandate is against corruption, against black money. This mandate is against caste politics, religious politics and vote bank politics,” he said.

Apart from Modi and Shah, the oath-taking ceremony on Sunday will be attended by the party’s central parliamentary board, several Union ministers and CMs of other BJP- and NDA-ruled states, including Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir.

From Saturday morning, supporters of Maurya had been staging a demonstration at the party headquarters demanding he be made CM. One of them, Indraraj Kushwaha from Allahabad, said a majority of the OBC voters had cast their vote for the BJP because of Keshav Maurya. “Denial of CM post to Maurya will be injustice to OBCs,” he said.

In another corner, workers of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a pro-Hindutva outfit founded by Adityanath, staged a protest for his appointment, raising slogans such as “Desh mein Modi, pradesh mein Yogi” and “Bachcha, bachcha karey pukar, abki baar Yogi sarkar”. Aditya Singh, a worker from Mirzapur, said Adityanath alone was a leader of the Hindus in the state and that the party had won a number of seats because of him in every election.

After the meeting began at Lok Bhawan in the evening, security personnel had to close the main entrance gate to stop the supporters of both from entering the premises.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, whose name also did the rounds as UP CM, meanwhile, spent Saturday morning in prayers at Varanasi temples — including Kashi Vishwanath, Kaal Bhairav and Sankat Mochan.

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    indian
    Mar 19, 2017 at 2:38 am
    I generally support the BJP but this is a very poor decision. Manoj Sinha is much more qualified than is Adityanath. I hope the latter gains some measure of maturity and equanimity, and doesn't squander a historic mandate.
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      George
      Mar 19, 2017 at 2:48 am
      Modi gives hope for most countrymen in India. But his choice of a rogue as C M of UP is terribly disappointing. I hope Modi justifies this choice. A terrible mistake
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        George
        Mar 19, 2017 at 9:47 am
        It is a shame that Modi has to choose Adityanath, a rogue who is dividing India on religion.why should you scare the Muslims Modi? Don't you have somebody else to be the CM? I hold Modi at high esteem. But this is huge letdown
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          Bimmi Singh
          Mar 19, 2017 at 4:41 am
          All terror whether Hindu Muslim Sikh Christian Buddhist are same. We should condemn all.
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            Bimmi Singh
            Mar 19, 2017 at 4:30 am
            Beasty you blame others about hiding ideny. What is your ideny? RSS goon spreading terror in the name of culture.
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              Bimmi Singh
              Mar 19, 2017 at 3:52 am
              I fail to understand how we can justify the selection Hindu radical as chief minister, who throughout his life spew venom against Muslims. What moralities we now have to ask stan and Bangladesh to check out and control radicals there. How Bangladesh will justify ban on Peave TV and Zakir Naik? This region will now radicalize very fast, this is dangerous built up.
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                Bimmi Singh
                Mar 19, 2017 at 3:36 am
                I fail to understand how we can justify the selection of Hindu Radical as chief minister, who through out his life spewed venom against Muslims. What moralities we now have to say to stan and Bangladesh to check out and control radicals? How Bangladesh will justify the ban of peace tv there? How region will now radicalize very fast, this is dangerous built up.
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                  Bimmi Singh
                  Mar 19, 2017 at 4:34 am
                  RSS goon spotted
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                    Bimmi Singh
                    Mar 19, 2017 at 3:38 am
                    This region will now radicalize very fast and it is dangerous built up.
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                      ankur
                      Mar 19, 2017 at 7:33 am
                      Top to bottom of BJP is full of thugs crimnals yogis ete. Party president is staged encounter specialist. Bhahwat is hidden terror outfit. RSS never took aprt in freedom struggle and now becoming of champion of desh bakhti.lt;br/gt;Gupt rooge of Impotent feku G start eating Gobar burger and Gau mutra as soft drink
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                        ankur
                        Mar 19, 2017 at 7:33 am
                        Top to bottom of BJP is full of thugs crimnals yogis ete. Party president is staged encounter specialist. Bhahwat is hidden terror outfit. RSS never took aprt in freedom struggle and now becoming of champion of desh bakhti.lt;br/gt;Gupt rooge of Impotent feku G start eating Gobar burger and Gau mutra as soft drink
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                          ashok s
                          Mar 19, 2017 at 2:10 am
                          Jai shree ram , congrats yogiji
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                            Beasty
                            Mar 19, 2017 at 4:14 am
                            Really? The global narrative is something else now, I guess you are hallucinating for long. Joining ISIS, spreading islamic venom across the world perhaps is justified to your eyes. When you deal with evils you have to punish them, it's not just here....look around. The w world will not tolerate these terror manual reader anymore!
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                              chander
                              Mar 19, 2017 at 3:07 am
                              After Islam came to India the country was split into two and now three after a further split of stan. Britain was mostly a trading nation and the focus was on making money. Whether the British crown became rich or not, the East India Co. converted India from the richest to the poorest in 250 years. Now the British intelligence in connivance with America's CIA is trying to bring their own version of Christianity into India. To fight agencies like Compion International we need leaders like Yogi Adityanath. The alternative is another split or a carve out of India for a Christian state . India has woken up. Bravo!
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                                harun
                                Mar 19, 2017 at 2:20 am
                                Yogi is the choice of the people of UP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All TV Channels including those who have a BJP Tilt discussed Yogi and his politics.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What does he really represent,it was unwanted as it would end up only getting flak.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;As most public on TV said it was a victory of Hindutva and they have a true Hindu leading UP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is Hindu emergence and this will drive the Country and its politics.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Lutyens Media is best advised to just watch and stop giving their veiws,they are unsolicited.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yogi has the confidence as his Work in saving children from Encephalitis as P for 19 years is a testimony of his commitment and ability to deliver.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yogi is the future of the BJP,He is a natural successor of Modi.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;To all those raking up his calling for raping dead bodies of Muslim women goes,thats the reality.
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                                  Lannister
                                  Mar 19, 2017 at 4:11 am
                                  Gujarat 2002 should be repeated in UP, it's time for action Modi Sarkar.
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                                    Lannister
                                    Mar 19, 2017 at 4:05 am
                                    No Muslim can dare now to stop the power of Hindutva spreading all over across the country......Love u BJP by showing true courage by appointing Hindu hriday samrat of UP Mr. yogi Adityanath as CM.
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                                      Lannister
                                      Mar 19, 2017 at 3:53 am
                                      Now it's time for action yogi ji. It's important that all Hindus should come together and support the Ram Mandir ideology.
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                                        Lannister
                                        Mar 19, 2017 at 3:42 am
                                        Time has come for a complete Hindu nation....Ram Mandir must be first agenda of BJP. Let the Muslim taste the terror of Hindutva.
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                                          Lannister
                                          Mar 19, 2017 at 3:44 am
                                          What u mean by others?
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                                            Lannister
                                            Mar 19, 2017 at 2:47 am
                                            Ab aayega maza musalmano ka.....Ab Modi ji dikhayenge unko achhe din. Congratulations yogi sir hope your first agenda will be Ram Mandir and to impose uniform civil code for Muslims.Jai Hind. Great job by Modi government by appointing yogi as new CM of UP.Kudos to saffron party.
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