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Yogi Adityanath to be new UP CM
PTI | Sunday, 19 March 2017 AT 10:09 AM IST
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Lucknow: Priest-turned politician Yogi Adityanath, the controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva, was on Saturday named as next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in a move by the BJP that took many by surprise.

Ending the suspense exactly a week after BJP won a three-fourths majority in the key Hindi heartland state and stormed back to power after 15 years, the 44-year-old five-term MP from Gorakhpur was unanimously elected the BJP legislature party leader at a meeting of the newly elected MLAs.

Adityanath will be sworn in on Sunday at a ceremony at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan here at 2.15 pm where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will be present.

State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself in contention for the top job besides union minister Manoj Sinha, first announced Adityanath’s election amid speculation that the RSS pushed for Yogi’s candidature.

Maurya, the MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, will be the deputy chief minister apart from senior BJP leader and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma.

Adityanath, who lacks administrative experience, will be the 21st chief minister of UP and the fourth from the saffron party.
After his election, Adityanath met Governor Ram Naik and said he was invited to form the government in UP.

He said he would follow Prime Minister Modi’s slogan “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” and ensure all round development of the the country’s most populous state.
 
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