Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav steal a joyful moment with PM Modi as a grim Yogi Adityanath watches from stage

By: | Updated: March 19, 2017 9:17 PM

Throughout the day Adityanath stole all the limelight and attention but as the ceremony was concluding, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav stole all the thunder.

Narendra Modi, Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Modi with akhilesh yadav, modi and akhilesh yadav at adityanath's oath taking, mulayam singh yadav and narendra modi, modi meets akhilesh yadaPrime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav at Yogi Adityanath’s oath-taking ceremony. (Source: Twitter)

Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon at Lucknow’s Smriti Upvan in presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and many other senior BJP leaders like Venkaiah Naidu, Bhupendra Yadav and others. Throughout the day Adityanath stole all the limelight and attention but as the ceremony was concluding, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav stole all the thunder. Once all the ministers were done with oath-taking and PM Modi was leaving the stage, he created one of the most iconic moments of Indian politics.

As he was leaving the stage, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav stopped the Prime Minister to which he obliged and shook hands. They shared a warm moment, hugged each other and when the former UP Chief Minister got close to the PM, he even whispered something. PM Modi gave a nod by shaking his head. This moment didn’t end here as the Prime Minister then turned towards Akhilesh Yadav and gave a pat on his back too. Throughout this incident, the Prime Minister had a smile on his face.

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The interesting part here was that Yogi Adityanath who was hoping to steal the show was sidelined. PM Modi pat his arm too but the smiles, the enthusiasm and that warmth were missing for some reason. However, it wasn’t the case when he met the Yadavs. Looking at the visuals, it was hard to digest that 10 days back both these leaders were trying to bring each other down. But, this also shows the maturity of Indian politics where leaders are ready to keep their political aspirations aside on big platforms.

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Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav shared a similar moment with Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as well and had a conversation with Keshav Prasad Maurya too before the event began. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, newly-elected Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister R. Singh, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharti and Rajnath Singh also attended the ceremony.

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