Yogi Adityanath to take oath as UP chief minister, Keshav Maurya, Dinesh Sharma to be his deputies

UP CM Yogi Adityanath: The BJP meeting in Lucknow was overseen by union minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav at the Lok Bhawan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2017 10:30 pm
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Putting and end to speculations, the BJP on Saturday declared Yogi Adityanath as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, according to news agency ANI. Yogi, who is an MP from Gorakhpur, is known for having a staunch Hindutva ideology and making anti-Muslim statements. The decision to make Yogi the chief minister was taken at BJP legislature meeting in Lucknow. Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma will be the deputy CMs of the state. The BJP had swept the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections by winning 312 of the 403 assembly seats.

Adityanath’s name was proposed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suresh Khanna and was supported by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Known for his firebrand Hindutva image, the 44-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader comes from the Rajput community and is the head of the Gorakhnath Mutt in Gorakhpur, which has millions of followers from eastern UP and neighbouring Nepal. He has been elected as the Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur uninterrupted from 1998. A science graduate, Adityanath is popular for his fiery speeches among his supporters but has antagonised minorities by his speeches and statements like Love Jihad, Ghar Wapasi.

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Later, addressing the media, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who along with BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav was present at the meeting as central observer for the election, told a press conference that Adityanath’s name was proposed by Suresh Khanna, an 8-term MLA, and seconded by 10 others. Naidu said even after the proposal was made, he asked the 312 newly elected MLAs if they wanted to propose anybody else for the post, but they all backed Adityanath unanimously. He said that the Yogi then said he needed two deputy CMs to assist him in the gigantic task, following which it was decided that Maurya and Sharma would hold the posts.

As the meeting was about to begin, an element of surprise gripped the venue when Adityanath reached Lok Bhawan opposite the imposing Assembly complex. Midway through the meeting, Sharma was asked to attend the deliberations. Interestingly, none of the three is a legislator in Uttar Pradesh.

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As soon as it was decided that the saffron-robed Gorakhpur MP will hold the reins of the state, party leaders and MLAs rushed to the dais with sweets and garlands. Adityanath will be the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the fourth from the saffron party. He will be sworn in tomorrow at a ceremony at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan at 2.15 PM where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will be present.

Adityanath, considered a divisive political figure, enjoys considerable popularity in the state and is known to make provocative statements, be it about Islam or Pakistan. His elevation as the Chief Minister of the volatile state would mark the culmination of an aggressive two-pronged election campaign by the BJP in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the party’s development agenda, but sundry leaders raked up the issue of Ram temple.

The campaign acquired communal overtones following Modi’s “Kabristan and Shmashan” remark at an election rally. A strong votary of construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Adityanath drove BJP’s Hindutva campaign in the eastern UP in the just concluded Assembly polls.

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The Yogi, who wears ‘Hindutva’ on his sleeve and has been accused of involvement in quite a few communal incidents in the past, wields considerable influence among the Hindu hardliners. He is not known to enjoy good rapport with the BJP leadership and his elevation has left many puzzled, with political circles abuzz with talk of RSS having prevailed over the party in deciding the new chief minister.

Adityanath has rebelled against his party on several occasions, but because of the sway he holds over the ‘Hindu’ voters, the BJP apparently could not ignore his ‘leadership qualities’. Naidu said, “This is a historic win. This is a watershed moment for BJP…BJP has become a common man’s party. UP message is very clear and it is that country wants to move with Modi.”

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“Mandate is for development, mandate is against corruption, against black money…,” he said, with the Yogi by his side. “This mandate is against caste politics, religous politics and vote bank politics,” he said, noting that all the five regions in UP and all communities had overwhlemingly voted for the saffron party. In the just-concluded Assembly elections, the BJP, riding a Modi wave, stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh, securing a three-fourth majority and demolishing rivals SP-Congress and BSP.

Showing astonishing performance, the BJP got 312 seats in the 403-member Assembly.

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Its allies Apna Dal(S) and SBSP bagged nine seats and four seats, respectively, taking the total tally of the combine to 325. On the other hand, the SP won 47 seats, while its ally the Congress got seven. The BSP won just 19 seats, finishing a dismal third. The chief minister will have a long list of tasks to accomplish going by BJP’s Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra (Pledge for People’s Welfare) which promised a host of sops for students, women and farmers, especially free education, laptops and LPG connection in every home.

 

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    This is what SAFFRONIZATION of INDIA is jago up jago
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      Archana Das
      Mar 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm
      Sad and disappointed
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        Khalid
        Mar 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm
        A victory for Brahmistan and a decline for this forced union states that will not survive
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          IslamForFoools
          Mar 18, 2017 at 11:51 pm
          Every Hindu should make their son like Yogi adityanath, except brahmacharya of his.
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            IslamForFoools
            Mar 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm
            hi allowed musselman to stay in India even after our Hindu land was broken to create Islamic country and today we are suffering from Islamic terrorism from within. hi was pure evil and anti Hindu. Thu on his face
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              IslamForFoools
              Mar 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm
              Hindu girl from merath was raped, stabbed, hair pulled off her skull with bare hands and thrown on roadside and left to die who later died in hospital. Her teeth were broken with hammer, skull was also fractured with hammer. This was done to Hindu girl by 4-5 Muslim boys by abducting her from her home. Media accused girl who died later in hospital, of having affair and maligned her instead of terrorist Muslims. This much ATROCITIes were tolerated by majority Hindu in UP from Muslims under Namajwadi party. Most Hindus don't know this story because media didn't give it widespread publicity fearing backlash on their beloved Islamic people. I am glad yogiji is CM now, every state need their own YOGI.,
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                IslamForFoools
                Mar 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm
                Hindu girl from merath was raped, stabbed, hair pulled off her skull with bare hands and thrown on roadside and left to die who later died in hospital. Her teeth were broken with hammer, skull was also fractured with hammer. This was done to Hindu girl by 4-5 Muslim boys by abducting her from her home. Media accused girl who died later in hospital, of having affair and maligned her instead of terrorist Muslims. This much ATROCITIes were tolerated by majority Hindu in UP from Muslims under Namajwadi party. Most Hindus don't know this story because media didn't give it widespread publicity fearing backlash on their beloved Islamic people. I am glad yogiji is CM now, every state need their own YOGI.,,
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Mar 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm
                  Muslims and Islam is Anti Hindu, anti Christian, anti Jewish, anti atheist, anti America, anti Europe, anti Buddhist, anti women, anti non muslim, if Islam and Muslims are so much anti, ITS RIGHT TO BE ANTI MUSLIM, proud of it. This is humanity on our side and satanism on Muslims side, which is why Muslims must convert back to humanity
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                    IslamForFoools
                    Mar 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm
                    Muslims and Islam is Anti Hindu, anti Christian, anti Jewish, anti atheist, anti America, anti Europe, anti Buddhist, anti women, anti non muslim, if Islam and Muslims are so much anti, ITS RIGHT TO BE ANTI MUSLIM, proud of it. This is humanity on our side and satanism on Muslims side, which is why Muslims must convert back to humanity ,
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                      IslamForFoools
                      Mar 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm
                      Muslims and Islam is Anti Hindu, anti Christian, anti Jewish, anti atheist, anti America, anti Europe, anti Buddhist, anti women, anti non muslim, if Islam and Muslims are so much anti, ITS RIGHT TO BE ANTI MUSLIM, proud of it. This is humanity on our side and satanism on Muslims side, which is why Muslims must convert back to humanity ,,,,
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                        IslamForFoools
                        Mar 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm
                        Muslims and Islam is Anti Hindu, anti Christian, anti Jewish, anti atheist, anti America, anti Europe, anti Buddhist, anti women, anti non muslim, if Islam and Muslims are so much anti, ITS RIGHT TO BE ANTI MUSLIM, proud of it. This is humanity on our side and satanism on Muslims side, which is why Muslims must convert back to humanity ..
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                          IslamForFoools
                          Mar 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                          Mya be different planet, we don't need jihadis on this planet
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                            IslamForFoools
                            Mar 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                            People like you are responsible for creation of kuran based Isis
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                              IslamForFoools
                              Mar 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm
                              Prophet mohemmed (PBUH, pis b upon him, pis means yellow urin, peshab )
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                                IslamForFoools
                                Mar 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm
                                Read story first then blame me you blind jihadi
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                                  IslamForFoools
                                  Mar 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm
                                  Yadav's are lineage of Krishna vansha but by voting anti Hindu SP party they became dehumanized forget about being hindu
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                                    Nh
                                    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm
                                    He will soon be a threat to modi
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                                      Gajendran
                                      Mar 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm
                                      At least we no more have to listen to some KRAP from him.
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                                        IML sood
                                        Mar 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm
                                        Heart burning is not good as it indicates danger to life. A few morons will never like a hard working person with record in political field who could transform UP where these anti national elements will be wiped out,nshould become CM. Now such voices will have no effect as UP many many years will be safe from Goonda Raj of SP and BSP as Yogi is a disciplined man
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                                          IML sood
                                          Mar 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                                          Only problem is with gutter pigs who called patriots as Bhakats not knowing that Bhakats are hard working faithful to the country they live, but not like pigs whose kingdom is only gutter. Yogi will definitely be prove himself as able and strong administrator who will take UP to new height. In this respect UP is fortunate to get such an honest mambas CM.
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                                            Lovely
                                            Mar 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm
                                            He is very honest but he be good administrator also.
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