Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: Uma Bharti expresses delight

Prakash Pant

Prakash Pant

Long-time RSS activist Trivendra Singh Rawat was on Friday elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He is also the head priest of a temple in Gorakhpur.

For a state that has always had law and order issues, the nomination of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister, only brings more worry and bares open the possibility of a rise in religious intolerance.

"Such a man is going to be the Chief Minister - it is a sad day for Uttar Pradesh and a sadder day for India", Karat said.

"Congratulations to Yogi Adityanath Ji, Keshav Prasad Maurya Ji, Dinesh Sharma Ji & all those who took oath today".

In an apparent move to allay fears that he, as a long-time Hindutva icon, might discriminate against the minorities, Adityanath promised there would be no bias for or against anyone.

Swatantradev Singh, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhri, Swati Singh, Dr. Mahendra Kumar Singh, Anugma Jaiswal, Suresh Rana and Upendra Tiwari took oath as ministers with independent charges.

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It seems that Union Minister of State for Railways and Communications Manoj Sinha has a high chance to become the choice of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah. "When UP develops, India develops".

Yogi Adityanath Ministry has a fair share of the turncoats who have found berth in his Cabinet. former Opposition Leader and leader BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya and former state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers.

"Our government will work towards creating job opportunities, better education system and will take care of everyone's interest", Yogi Adityanath said.

The Prime Minister's insistence on development being the only aim of the Adityanath government appears to be an attempt to allay apprehensions that some quarters may have over the hardline Hindutva mascot taking over as the Chief Minister.

The BJP's electoral triumph in Uttar Pradesh - it won 312 of 403 assembly seats - is seen by analysts as a harbinger for Mr Modi and the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary elections, as they are strongly favoured to win another five-year term in office.

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