Yogi Adityanath will take the oath as the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday afternoon after emerging as surprise candidate in the wake of the meeting in Lucknow of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislative party.
Yogi Adityanath will take the oath as the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday afternoon after emerging as surprise candidate in the wake of the meeting in Lucknow of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislative party in the state passed his candidature unanimously. He gets 2 deputy chief ministers in the form of Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Singh – the state party president and Lucknow mayor respectively who are known for their developmental and organisational abilities.
PM Narendra Modi has been at pains to highlight his agenda of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, and appointing a known Hindutva promoter as the chief minister looked to have been an anomaly. However, with the appointment of the two deputies, the development agenda is expected to get a major boost as the new government gets into the saddle and prepares its economic policies. On their agenda will be to prepare the state for the critically important 2019 elections and the task of the trio will really be cut out.
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While Adityanath is expected to look out for the political side of spreading the reach of the BJP, Maurya is likely to get the party organisationally ready and Singh is expected to kick-start the economy (his brief would likely consist of a discrimination-free economic policy – the Samajwadi Party government of Akhilesh Yadav lost a lot in the perception war wherein it was seen as pandering to minority interest over those of the majority). But who all will get the chance to get into the UP Cabinet and contribute to taking the BJP to new heights? Here are the names doing the rounds – do take everything with a pinch of salt because, as the Yogi Adityanath surprise appointment shows, till the person is not named, s/he’s fate is unknown:
Rita Bahuguna Joshi,
Siddharth Nath Singh,
Avtar Singh Bhadana,
Hriday Narayan Dikshit,
Swami Prasad Maurya,
Jai Prakash Nishad,
Major Sunil Dutt,
Ashutosh Tandon and
Rajendra Moti Singh.