According to sources, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has today announced the name of Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh chief minister after much speculation about a number of other contenders including Rajnath Singh, Manoj Sinha, Swatantra Dev Singh, Keshav Prasad Maurya or others. But, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi staying mum and party President Amit Shah preferred to power speculation further by saying anyone whose name state party president Maurya puts his stamp of approval against, he will clear that person as the next UP CM. The contenders themselves all scrambled to say their names were ‘not in the race’ ahead of the BJP meet in Lucknow to pick the name. However, what mattered most was what was on PM Modi’s mind and that has now been revealed.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has today held its legislature meeting to elect the successor of Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, with party president Amit Shah emmpowered to take the final call. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav were among others who were present at the meet at the party’s central observor.
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The swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected CM will be held tomorrow in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The safron party has clinched victory in the crucial assembly elections after winning a clear majority of 325 seats out of the total 403 seats, thereby making the ruling Samajwadi Party face humiliating defeat.
Mahanth Yogi Adityanath is a fifth time Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur constituency in UP. He is a BJP Member of Parliament who has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha since 1998. Adityanath is the Mahant (head priest) of the Gorakhnath Mutt, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of his spiritual father Mahant Avaidyanath in September 2014. Adityanath is also the founder of the ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth that aims to provide rightist Hindu platform.