Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu during a press conference today confirmed the selection of BJP MP and firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath as the 32nd chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. “He will be sworn in tomorrow at Lucknow’s sprawling Smriti Upvan complex near the Ambedkar memorial at 2.15 pm in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah,” he added further. Addressing the media, Naidu also announced Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma as the deputy CMs of the state. Party MLA Suresh Khanna proposed Adityanath’s name for the CM designate. Further speaking to the reporters, Naidu said that development will be the main agenda of Adityanath’s government in UP.
Earlier today, Adityanath attended a meeting of the party’s 312 newly-elected MLAs in Lucknow where he was formally elected as state’s flagbearrer. The elected deputy chief ministers are Dinesh Sharma, the Lucknow Mayor who has party president Amit Shah’s trust, and Keshav Prasad Maurya, the party president in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP’s face among the state’s most backward castes.
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The Yogi Adityanath’s name, who is also the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in eastern UP, began to do the rounds as a possible candidate on Saturday afternoon. As his supporters raised slogans in Lucknow this morning to demand that Yogi Adityanath be made Chief Minister. The firebrand leader of BJP in UP flew down to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and returned to Lucknow on a chartered flight along with the party’s UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.
As per sources, party’s ideological mentor, the RSS, stressed on party’s top choice for Chief Minister, union telecom minister Manoj Sinha. BJP President Amit Shah met several RSS leaders earlier today to take a final call on who would be Chief Minister.