A day after being named as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Yogi Adityanath is all set to be sworn in as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh at 2:15 pm in Lucknow today. Along with him, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma are to be sworn in as deputy chief ministers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are also likely to attend the ceremony.
Yesterday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 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. With Adityanath as the CM, the safron party has also announced Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya as the Deputy Chief Ministers of the state.
The BJP 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.
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.
During the just concluded Assembly polls, BJP and its allies had clinched 325 seats out of the total 403 seats, thereby making the ruling Samajwadi Party face humiliating defeat.