Shiv Sena on Monday taunted its ally Bharatiya Janata Party over appointment of two deputy chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh goverment. Senior party leader and MP Sanjay Raut said that BJP leaders had claimed in the past that their party, as a policy, was against the creation of deputy chief minister’s post. However, the Amit Shah-led party has now created the same post in Uttar Pradesh, he pointed out, while speaking to news agency PTI. “Shiv Sena never demanded the post (during the talks between two parties for alliance in Maharashtra). The issue of deputy chief minister came up during meetings with BJP leaders where they said it was BJP’s policy decision not to create such a post,” Raut said.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath’s government which was sworn in today has two deputy CMs. BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya who was one of the front runners for the post also took oath as the new Deputy Chief Minister along with party’s National Vice-President Dinesh Sharma.
Ending the suspense, Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon. The oath-taking ceremony was administrated by Governor Ram Naik at an event in Lucknow’s Kanshiram memorial ground. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Party President Amit Shah. Yogi Adityanath who is a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, was elected BJP Legislature Party leader at a meeting of MLAs in Lucknow on Saturday. After the meeting, he met Ram Naik and staked claim to form the government in the state.
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Dinesh Sharma, who brings with him administerial experience as Lucknow mayor and vice-chief Uttar Pradesh BJP Unit, is known for his closeness to PM Narendra Modi. He is also the national vice-president of BJP. While on the other hand, Keshav Prasad Maurya is BJP’s UP unit chief and a prominent OBC face in the party.