Yogi Adityanath, a five-time parliamentarian seen as the BJP’s hardline Hindutva face, will be the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Mr Adityanath will have two deputies in Keshav Prasad Maurya, the party’s UP chief, and Dinesh Sharma, who has been Lucknow Mayor for many years and led the party’s membership drive in the state.
“I am thankful to the party and PM Modi for considering me worthy of the post. I will take UP forward with his motto of sabka saath sabka vikas,” Mr Adityanath said soon after he was announced the Chief Minister.
He will take oath along with his ministers at 2.15 pm tomorrow at Lucknow’s sprawling Smriti Upvan complex near the Ambedkar memorial. The BJP has planned a massive show of strength, with PM Modi, BJP president Amit shah, many union ministers and BJP chief ministers attending.
Announcing that the state’s MLAs had chosen Mr Adityanath to lead them, senior BJP leader and union minister Venkaiah Naidu said he is “a distinguished leader who has been an MP multiple times and is extremely qualified for the job. When his name was proposed all MLAs agreed that he would be Chief Minister.”
The party’s focus, the minister said, was, “Vikas Vikas, Vikas, Vikas (development).”
source: NDTV news published on World Wide Web
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