BJP's Yogi Adityanath sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

BJP's Yogi Adityanath sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

Long-time RSS activist Trivendra Singh Rawat was on Friday elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

The BJP, which did not field any Muslim candidate in UP, has appointed former cricketer Mohsin Raza as a minister of state. The home minister, several leaders said, is a natural contender due to his profile and vast administrative experience.

To a question on waiving farmers' loan and closure of abattoirs, Siddharth Nath Singh said all these issues would be decided at the first formal Cabinet meeting of the State government, the date for which will be decided soon. He also had a meeting with former Chief Secretary of UP Nripendra Mishra. "The Prime Minister may have chosen Yogiji as chief minister so he (Modi) can sail through the 2019 general election by continuing the polarisation of votes, but Yogiji may grow bigger than Modi by 2024", he said over the phone, asking not to be identified.

After his swearing-in yesterday, the new chief minister pledged that his government "will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination".

Twelve ministers are from the western region whereas there are 11 cabinet members from central Uttar Pradesh.

Suspense continued about BJP's chief ministerial pick in Uttar Pradesh as newly-elected MLAs are all set to meet here today to elect the leader, with Union Minister Manoj Sinha among the frontrunners.

Known for his inflammatory speeches against Muslims, Mr Adityanath lauded Mr Trump for banning refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., and said India needed similar action to check terrorism.

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The sources said the party is extra cautious as it is returning to power in Uttar Pradesh after a 15-year hiatus.

The Yogi has been winning Lok Sabha elections from Gorakhpur since 1998.

A strong votary of construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, he drove BJP's Hindutva campaign in the eastern UP in the just concluded Assembly polls. "In Urban areas we will create jobs and provide quality education to the youth and children of this state", he said.

"This mandate is against caste politics, religious politics", Naidu said.

People from all over the state and special invitees, whose list is yet to be finalised, are expected to take part in the ceremony.

Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, while its ally the Congress stooped to one of its lowest tallies with seven seats.

By choosing a higher caste Bhumihar Brahmin to lead the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a caste-conscious Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi is once again confirming that the qualities that inspire such judgments are merit and caliber but not caste considerations.

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