1. UP elections 2017: Dinesh Sharma appointed Deputy chief minister of UP; all you need to know about the former Lucknow mayor

UP elections 2017: Dinesh Sharma appointed Deputy chief minister of UP; all you need to know about the former Lucknow mayor

As after much speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today declared Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath after being elected has stated that the state will be having two deputy chief ministers.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 18, 2017 8:37 PM
Yogi Adityanath (L) elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party (Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh) Deputy CM) Dinesh Sharma (R) in Lucknow on Saturday. (PTI)

As after much speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today declared Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath after being elected has stated that the state will be having two deputy chief ministers. Apart from Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself one of the contender for the CM’s post, the safron party has also appointed Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma as the new Deputy Chief Minister.

Being a national vice president of BJP, Sharma is a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sharma was even close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with the group’s ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay being close to his father. Also a professor of the Lucknow University, Dinesh Sharma became the party vice president and took charge in Narendra Modi’s hometown Gujarat, soon after the safron party’s victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Also known as the ‘young upper-caste face’ in Gujarat, Sharma had also served under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s rule and headed the Atal Innovation Mission after serving as the party’s youth wing chief twice.

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. The safron party held its legislature meeting to elect the successor of Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, with party president Amit Shah empowered 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 observer.

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