Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Akhilesh Yadav shrugs aside pre-poll rhetoric; attends Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony along with Mulayam Singh Yadav

By: | Updated: March 19, 2017 3:48 PM

In a move than can surprise many, ex-Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has arrived at Smriti Upwan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected CM of the state Yogi Adityanath.

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In a move that surprised many, ex-Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has arrived at Smriti Upwan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected CM of the state Yogi Adityanath. As the firebrand BJP leader is all set to take oath as the 32nd chief minister of UP, the ceremony is being embraced by some prominent leaders from various opposition parties. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was also present at the venue and both father-son duo was seen greeting leaders of the BJP. Despite facing a opprobrious defeat in the recent conducted Assembly Elections, SP leaders attending BJP’s oath taking ceremony is rather sporting and a political friendly gesture. Both Akhilesh and Mulayam were later seen shaking hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

The ceremony was organised at Smriti Upvan in Lucknow. Apart from SP leaders, various political bigwigs from across the country were in attendance including, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, senior leader LK Advani and Cabinet Ministers such as Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh. BJP Chief Ministers from other states were also present at the event. Some of them were Manohar Parrikar, Devendra Fadnavis and Sarbananda Sonowal among others. The ceremony began at 2:15 PM with the induction of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of the state and Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya as deputy Chief Ministers along with 43 other ministers.

Over the past, Adityanath has been a staunch critic of Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party. The incumbent UP CM has also accused the previous ruling party of discriminating Hindus. During a rally in the state, Adityanath had said, “You can hide behind some statistics. Truth is that this (Samajwadi Party) government practices discrimination. There is no electricity on Holi and Diwali. But the power remains intact on Eid.” Post the swearing-in ceremony, Adityanath is likely to address a press conference at 5 PM. Adityanath was elected as the Chief Minister during a meeting of all the 321 party MLAs in Lucknow on Saturday.

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