Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Yogi Adityanath Sworn In as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Yogi Adityanath Sworn In as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Former cricketer Mohsin Raza was also sworn-in as Minister of State.

At Smriti Upawan in Lucknow on Sunday, Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the new UP Chief Minister.

"There is a categorical, unambiguous message being sent by Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi".

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.

Besides, the BJP, which has ruled the state for 19 consecutive years, would also be facing anti-incumbency.

Speculation is rife in the political circles that the ruling BJP in Gujarat may opt for early Assembly polls in the state, following the party's landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh election.

He recently praised Trump's ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations, arguing that "similar is needed to contain terror activities in this country".

"CM has requested cabinet ministers to refrain from making unnecessary statements which can hurt someone's sentiment", Uttar Pradesh minister Shrikant Sharma told the media here. "We will ensure balanced development of UP", Adityanath said. "He also spoke against Amir Khan and Mother Teresa".

"PM @narendramodi says development & growth is his primary agenda".

The Chief Minister said that the government would work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, adding that women safety would be prioritised. Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily had even called it "an assault on secularism" and the CPM accused the BJP of systematically playing the communal card.

The five-time Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur is the head priest (mahant) at the Gorakhnath Math, and the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a hardliner group was named in the 2005 Mau riots.

His election, they said, was a smooth affair.

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