Hindu firebrand Yogi Adityanath picked as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

With the BJP leadership often surprising people with its choice of lesser-known leaders, the same could not be ruled out in Uttar Pradesh too.

The meeting of the BJP’s legislature party began at Lok Bhawan on Saturday evening, state BJP spokesperson Manish Dixit said.

Adityanath will head a 47-member council of ministers that includes two deputy CMs.

Since 1998, when the five-time MP joined politics, not a single Assembly election has passed in the state without him arm-twisting the BJP into handing tickets to his henchmen and admirers.

The swearing-in ceremony at the Kanshiram Smriti Upwan was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and senior Union Ministers.

“It is the legislators under the Parliamentary party board that decide the leader”.

Earlier in the day, Adityanath met with the state police chief, expressing concern over the killing of BSP leader Mohammad Shami who was shot dead by some assailants on bike in Allahabad on Sunday night.

State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself in contention for the top job, first announced Adityanath’s election.

“(By) Making a person of such criminal background the Chief Minister of our largest state, the message BJP (wants to) send to the nation is that they will continue to try to capture power by resorting to communal riots.

There are at least 17 ministers from eastern UP, where the BJP has made new inroads this time; 12 are from western part of the state and 11 from the central region.

“PM @narendramodi says development & growth is his primary agenda”.

He leads the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has it roots in the Hindu right-wing movement.

“A number of political parties in Uttar Pradesh are trying to create fear mongery”.

The formation of a “New India” will be possible only if Yogi Adityanath makes Uttar Pradesh “New UP” before the 2019 parliamentary elections, Mohammed Yusuf said.

Sources have said that the 44-year-old Chief Minister has asked the officials to be transparent and work without any political pressure. There are precedents for Hindu devotees taking high office, he said, including Uma Bharti, a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state who is now Modi’s water resources minister.

Indeed Modi wave in UP has defeated the politics of Jatiwad (caste-based politics), parivarwad (dynastic politics) and marginalized Muslim factor.

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