No bias, Uttar Pradesh government for all: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Takes oath with 2 Deputy CMs and 44-member team with 1 Muslim face

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: March 23, 2017 5:43 pm
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YOGI ADITYANATH, five-time BJP MP from Gorakhpur, took oath on Sunday as the Chief Minister of UP along with two deputy chief ministers and 44 ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, at least 11 Union ministers, chief ministers of nine states and the deputy chief minister of J&K. BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, and SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, the outgoing chief minister, were also part of the high-profile swearing-in ceremony, which was not attended by leaders from the Congress or BSP.

Adityanath will lead a council of ministers that includes deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, 22 members of Cabinet rank, nine ministers of state with independent charge and 13 ministers of state. It includes five women, one of Cabinet rank, two ministers of state (independent charge) and two ministers of state.

A notable inclusion in Adityanath’s team as a minister of state is its lone Muslim face Mohsin Raza. The BJP had not fielded a single Muslim candidate while sweeping the state with its allies for a majority of 325 in the House of 403 in the recent assembly elections. Raza, a state-level cricketer turned politician, joined the party in 2013.

Among the interesting picks for Cabinet ministers are former Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who switched to BJP and defeated Mulayam’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav in the polls, former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan, and former BSP minister Swami Prasad Maurya. BJP spokespersons Shrikant Sharma and Siddharth Nath Singh have also been given Cabinet rank.

Those named as ministers of state with independent charge include Suresh Rana, who has been named in the Muzaffarnagar riots case, and Swati Singh, state chief of BJP’s Mahila Morcha and wife of Dayashankar Singh, who was reinducted to the party last week after being sacked for making objectionable remarks against BSP chief Mayawati last year.

Among the ministers of state is former UP chief minister and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s grandson Sandeep Singh, 26, who is the youngest minister in the council.

The oath-taking ceremony began after Prime Minister Modi and Adityanath walked on to the dais after the others had reached the venue. Adityanath and his council of ministers were administered the oath by Governor Ram Naik in a ceremony that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.

Former BJP chief of UP, Surya Pratap Shahi, was the first to take oath as Cabinet minister. An MLA from Pathardeva in Deoria, Shahi had been removed from the party position after the poor show in the 2012 assembly elections.

The other Cabinet ministers are Suresh Khanna, Satish Mahana, Rajesh Agrawal, Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharampal Singh, SP Singh Baghel, Satyadev Pachauri, Ramapati Shastri, Jai Prakash Singh, Brijesh Pathak, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, Mukut Bihari Verma, Ashutosh Tandon, Nand Gopal Gupta alias Nandi, Rajendra Pratap Singh alias Moti Singh and Om Prakash Rajbhar, an MLA of BJP ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party.

Those who took oath as ministers of state with independent charge included BJP state general secretaries Anupama Jaiswal and Swatantra Deo Singh, national secretary Mahendra Singh, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, Upendra Tiwari, Dharam Singh Saini and Anil Rajbhar.

Among the ministers of state were Neelkanth Tiwari, first-time MLA from Varanasi South that falls in Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, and Baldeo Aulakh, a Sikh. Others who took oath were Gulab Devi, Jai Prakash Nishad, Archana Pandey, Atul Garg, Ranvendra Pratep Singh, Girish Yadav, Mannu Kori, Suresh Pasi and Jai Kumar Singh Jaiki, MLA of ally Apna Dal.

The Union ministers present included Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Singh Tomar, Uma Bharti, Kalraj Mishra, Mahesh Sharma, V K Singh, Ramdas Athawale and Anupriya Patel. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, who was said to be in the race for the chief minister’s post, was not present.

The chief ministers of other states who attended were Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Manohar Parrikar (Goa), Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Trivendra Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Raghubar Das (Jharkhand) and Nirmal Singh (Deputy CM of J&K).

After the end of the ceremony, Mulayam and Akhilesh met Prime Minister Modi for a brief chat. However, BJP veterans Advani and Joshi mostly kept to themselves, hardly sharing a word with anyone else.

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First Published on: March 20, 2017 5:23 am
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    ganesh gupta
    Apr 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    श्री मान जी से मै निवेदन करना चाहता हुए की उत्तर प्रदेश के युवाओ के लिए कोई रोजगार की योजना बने ताकि उत्तर प्रदेश के हर युवक को काम मिल सके । हमे ना तो लेप्टाप, ना ही बेरोजगारी भत्ता चाहिए हम लोगो को तो बस रोजगार चाहिए , क्यो की अब U.P.मांगे रोजगार ...........................
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      Durga Tewari
      Mar 20, 2017 at 7:05 am
      Fact check for Indian express for wrong reporting- Surya pratap Shahi had voluntarily tendered his resignation for owing the responsibility in 2012 elections despite about dozen being made in charge for the same. Posting Indian express article.lt;br/gt;It's sad that you don't even check the facts before reporting.lt;br/gt;
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        Rani
        Mar 20, 2017 at 4:43 am
        Criminal, thugs and goonda Raj. Hope people of UP rise in arms against criminal yogi
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          Twinkle
          Mar 20, 2017 at 4:36 am
          And u chaddi head
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            Twinkle
            Mar 20, 2017 at 4:31 am
            Dark days ahead of UP. One criminal Amit shah cheering another criminal yogi, cow dung headed
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              Twinkle
              Mar 20, 2017 at 4:37 am
              For Hindus hatred and ra*pe go hand in hand
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                Twinkle
                Mar 20, 2017 at 4:32 am
                Sanghi doggy barking
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                  Twinkle
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 4:34 am
                  Typical language of a Hindu, always abusive and full of hate
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                    Pankaj Gupta
                    Mar 20, 2017 at 7:18 am
                    Mr. Shahi was the only President in the history of BJP to have taken moral responsibility of the loss in polls and to have voluntarily resigned. Please check your own article of March 9, 2012. Also correct your facts. It is a shame that your newspaper does not bother to fact check.
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                      IML sood
                      Mar 20, 2017 at 2:03 am
                      Now work for making UP as Uttam Pradesh will start from day one, as Yogi is hard working and disciplined person.
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                        Masood Ali
                        Mar 20, 2017 at 4:52 am
                        Big ber of Modi since 2014 consequently civil unrest and possibility of ISIS sympathaizers may increase.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What a irony! that the BJP do not have a proper face for CM post and the development agenda of BJP is going to be propagated by a man who spit venom and give speeches of hate.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;God save! UP from this Sanyasee who do have etiquette of diplomacy except ranting on minorities
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                          Masood Ali
                          Mar 20, 2017 at 5:00 am
                          UP already witnessed foot prints of extremism in recent times and top of that a HINDUTHVA Mascot is in charge of UP.
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                            vijay
                            Mar 20, 2017 at 5:51 am
                            It is better than high handed and arrogant talibans of the previous regime, with a minister's stamp on their forehead,bulldozing every thing that is sacrosanct in a democracy.
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                              vijay
                              Mar 20, 2017 at 5:55 am
                              It is not rocket science to guess whose face will fit as the UP CM.But it is impossible to work out the rationale behind it.Wrapped mind?perhaps.
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                                vijay
                                Mar 20, 2017 at 5:56 am
                                whose face will fit as the up Pgt;M according to you.
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                                  PN badri
                                  Mar 20, 2017 at 7:48 am
                                  Selection against economic development and for communal flare up in coming days with tacit support of government terrorism. Jungle Raj minus economic development /welfare state.9
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                                    Balaji
                                    Mar 20, 2017 at 3:27 am
                                    Yogi adityanath is really a good choice for CM. He is really a good secular ,not like other pseudo secular from so called intellectuals of our country. You be equal to everybody, Do not support any group with extra degree of love is the view of Yogiraj. He is intelligent enough to read the public mind, intelligent enough to see the problem and know the solution. He is not the man to sacrifice his own view under the unruly pressure. God bless him. Let us see what happens in UP .
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                                      Against traitors
                                      Mar 20, 2017 at 4:47 am
                                      Yes after having fun with your ... 1000 times
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                                        Ashok Amin
                                        Mar 20, 2017 at 1:57 am
                                        They could take at least one from SP as a show of wisdom and unity to do good UP.
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                                          Lannister
                                          Mar 20, 2017 at 2:21 am
                                          Smart move by Modi government for a complete Hindu rashtra..... Don't give power to minorities.
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                                            Lannister
                                            Mar 20, 2017 at 2:17 am
                                            Yogi's next target are Muslims specially deoband madrasa in UP.
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