Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: Uma Bharti expresses delight

Xavier Trudeau
Mars 20, 2017

"Disturbance shouldn't be created in the name of celebrations", Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath said to them.

For a state that has always had law and order issues, the nomination of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister, only brings more worry and bares open the possibility of a rise in religious intolerance.

But the elevation of Adityanath, 44, came as a surprise to many observers after an election campaign in which Modi and other BJP figures emphasised economic development over the party's "Hindutva" agenda.

His remark asking megastar Amitabh Bachchan not to endorse "donkeys of Gujarat" also left the BJP fuming, with PM Modi hitting back at the chief minister.

He had also said his efforts would be to provide "good governance" in the state.The governor also administered oath of office and secrecy to 22 cabinet ministers.

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.

Adityanath's choice also didn't fit into the scheme of "caste balance", party leaders said, pointing out that both Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh would now have upper caste Thakurs as chief ministers.

Some party leaders, though, wondered whether the RSS, the BJP's ideological mentor, was in a position to exert pressure on the Prime Minister after the sweep in Uttar Pradesh. "If the NCP gets a proposal to be a part of such an alliance, we will respond positively", he said. "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.

He accused past governments of being responsible for the sorry state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh.

Interestingly, the BSP supremo also has the distinction of serving for the shortest term of four months when she first took over the reins in 1995.

Of them CB Gupta became chief minister three times.

Yogi Adityanath's supporters were since last one week protesting with a demand to make him the state's chief minister.

Charan Singh, who served as CM twice, represented Bhartiya Kranti Dal.

Other reports by CampDesrEcrues

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