Yogi Adityanath takes charge as UP CM

Doyle BarkerMar 20, 2017

The choice of the fiery hindutva mascot as chief minister had led to some apprehensions but Adityanath has emphasised that he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "sabka saath, sabka vikas" slogan.

Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls seems to have instilled in the saffron party renewed hubris.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, a Congress party spokeswoman, tweeted that Adityanath had gone from the fringe of Indian politics to the mainstream, adding that the "mask is truly off" the Modi government.

"The BJP has appointed Yogi Adityanath as chief minister to fulfil the RSS agenda", said Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, who is also a former UP chief minister. If there is a Mr Alt-Hindu Right in the state, it is this "Yogi", or Hindu renouncer, who was sworn in as Chief Minister on Sunday as the head of a 47-member ministry.

The oath ceremony was taking place with the presence of numerous eminent guests, which included LK Advani, Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers from various other states.

"Our government is committed to realise Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's dream of antodaya", he said.

In choosing Adityanath, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma - two leaders from the upper castes and one from the backward caste - the BJP has balanced the caste considerations.

Adityanath assured that their government would also work towards the betterment of the law and order situation in the state.

Adityanath has also compared Shah Rukh Khan to the Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, saying that "Shah Rukh Khan should remember that majority population of the Country made him the Star, and if they boycot his films, he will also have to wander on streets".

Accusing the previous governments of being responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the state, Adityanath said work will be done to make development agriculture-based as it is main source of income. "I want to assure people that BJP, which got votes for development and security, will show positive resuilts soon", the Chief Minister said. To start with, the ceremony at Lucknow started with the oath taking ceremony of Yogi Adityanath. "However, I am now anxious about the people of UP as the new leadership might pay more attention to the "mandir-masjid" issues rather than bringing real development", he said.

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