Priest-turned-politician and five-time BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was on Sunday sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, along with two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. Interestingly, none of the three is a legislator in UP. Governor Ram Naik administered the oath of office and secrecy to the chief minister and his 46-member cabinet at a grand ceremony at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan here, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah and party veteran L K Advani, along with chief ministers of several BJP-ruled states.
Outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav also attended the function.The Adityanath government has a total of 24 cabinet ministers, including two deputy CMs, nine MoS (independent charge) and 13 ministers of state.
Besides Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, other cabinet ministers sworn in include Surya Pratap Shahi, Suresh Kumar Khanna, Swami Prasad Maurya, Satish Mahana, Rajesh Agarwal, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who defected from Congress just before assembly elections were announced, Siddharth Nath Singh, Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharampal Singh, SP Singh Baghel and Satyadev Pachauri. Cricketer-turned-politician Mohsin Raza was also sworn in as a minister of state becoming the only Muslim face in the Adityanath government. It may be mentioned that he is not a member of the UP legislature as the BJP had not fielded any Muslim candidate in the assembly polls.
In his first interaction with mediapersons after taking over, Adityanath said that his government will follow the ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ agenda in serving the state. Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, Modi conveyed his best wishes to Adityanath and the deputy chief ministers in serving the people of UP and expressed hope his team will leave no stone unturned in making UP ‘Uttam Pradesh’.
“I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development. Our sole mission and motive is development. When Utttar Pradesh develops, India develops. We want to serve UP’s youth and create opportunities for them,” he tweeted.