UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Delhi: Top developments

Manoj Sinha likely BJP pick to head UP

Manoj Sinha likely BJP pick to head UP

The BSP chief also alleged that when Kalyan Singh of the BJP, also an OBC, was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the saffron party had "conspired", so that he could not continue at the top post for long.

Outgoing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was present on the occasion and, before the event began, mingled freely with BJP leaders.

State BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya and the party's national vice-president Dinesh Sharma were sworn-in as Deputy Chief Ministers.

Amid criticism over the BJP going for Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Naidu said it was the legislators who decided on the leader and that is the system in the party. In that meeting, Yogi Adityanath's name was proposed by Suresh Khanna and nine others seconded it. If it were a country, Uttar Pradesh would be the world's fifth-most populous. Singh, son of former UP chief minister Vir Bahadur Singh, said, "I have made the offer to ensure progress of Purvanchal".

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Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat said the RSS wanted to make Uttar Pradesh the centre of its Hindutva project. But even as the electoral campaign peaked, it was clear from myriad media interviews with voters that Modi was a household name and that people were set on voting for BJP due to their trust in Modi.

Analysts also see Mr Adityanath's appointment as a sign that the BJP would be pushing its Hindu nationalist agenda with greater fervour in the run-up to the 2019 general election, and as a test of Mr Modi's pledge of inclusive governance. The unusual choice has raised alarms, not least among Uttar Pradesh's 40m-strong Muslim minority; the BJP won 312 of 403 seats in the state legislature without fielding a single Muslim candidate. Instead, Yogi Adityanath would be reined in and would shun the kind of rhetoric that made him out to be a villain for the Muslims.

Further, castigating opposition parties for unnecessarily brewing insecurity amongst the people of the state, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said rival political outfits have no agenda to focus, hence are politicising such issues.

The BJP-led government yesterday won the floor test in Manipur Assembly with a voice vote.

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