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

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

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

BJP supporters celebrate in Ahmedabad after Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

"Yogi ji will simultaneously focus on development and nationalism, which is like a slap on the face of leftists", said Bharti.

Adityanath took oath along with Deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and the rest of his cabinet.

The BJP's national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu are flying into Lucknow from Delhi the morning of March 18 to oversee the election of the new legislature party leader.

Talking to reporters at Raj Bhavan, he said, he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan "Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas" and ensure all round development of the state.

Swapan Dasgupta, a right-leaning commentator, said Adityanath was associated with "a certain brand of militant Hindu assertion" but that he was also "one of the most charismatic and captivating politicians in Uttar Pradesh".

Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the decision sent out an "unambiguous" message that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is pursuing the policy of polarisation.

After fighting, and winning the UP elections, on the plank of development, the BJP's nomination of Yogi Adityanath, a man notorious for his diatribes, has come as a complete shocker to many, and possibly also to some who may have voted for the BJP. After the BJP announced Yogi Adityanath's name for position of Chief Minister on Saturday.

Calling the swearing in of a new BJP government a historic occasion, the Chief Minister recalled BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, saying his government was committed to fulfilling his dream of antyodaya.

"Now we have Yogi Adityanath, who has charges against him for inciting communal tensions, being made the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh".

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.