Firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath sworn in as CM of Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, March 19, 2017
Firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, at a ceremony held at the Kanshi Smriti Upvan here today.
The five-time member of the Lok Sabha from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh was administered by the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik.
Along with him, Lok Sabha member and state BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma were sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers along with 44 other Ministers -- 22 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State with independent charge and 13 Ministers of State.
The Chief Minister and the two Deputy Chief Ministers are not members of the UP Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council and would have to be elected to one of the two Houses within six months in keeping with the Constitutional requirement.
The new Ministers include former UP Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who had switched sides to the BJP ahead of the Assembly elections, and two cricketers-turned-politicians -- Chetan Chauhan, a former Test player and Mohsin Raza, who will be the sole Muslim in the Council of Ministers. Mr. Raza, too, is not a member of either House at present.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several other Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of States ruled by the BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance were amongst those present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Outgoing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, also a former Chief Minister and Union Minister, were also present at the function.
Others who attended the swearing-in ceremony included veteran BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and a host of sadhus, sanyasis and sanyasins as well as a large number of Adityanath's supporters.
Adityanath, 44, was elected unanimously as their new leader by the newly-elected MLAs of the BJP at a meeting here yesterday at which Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu was the party's Central observer. His name was unanimously endorsed by all members and no other names were proposed.
In his acceptance speech, Adityanath said he would like Mr. Maurya and Mr. Sharma to be deputy chief ministers to assist him in the daunting task of governing such a large state as Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Naidu said this was conveyed to the Central leadership, which agreed to the suggestion.
Adityanath, 44, is the head of the Gorakhnath Mutt in Gorakhpur, which has a huge following in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Nepal and other parts. He has been representing Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha from 1998, having been elected five times consecutively. He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini in Uttar Pradesh.
He had played a key role in helping the BJP score a resounding win in the seven-phase elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly held between February 11 and March 8, securing 312 seats in the 403-member Assembly. Its allies Apna Dal (Soneylal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party won nine and four seats, respectively.
The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) could manage only 47 seats, while its ally Congress ended up with a single-digit tally of just 7. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of former Chief Minister Mayawadi picked up 19 seats and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) one. The Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal secured one seat and independents three seats.
Born on June 5, 1972, Yogi Adityanath has a degree in Science from the H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand.
He was elected for the first time to the Lok Sabha in 1998, making him the youngest member of the House at that time. He was re-elected in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. He was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at the age of 26 years in 1998. He has been elected as an MP from Gorakhpur to the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.