Yogi Adtiyanath sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

RSS-loyalist Rawat will find organisational skills handy

BJP has made Keshav Prasad Maurya, an MBC, a deputy CM, while Yogi Adityanath, a Thakur, has been made CM, she added. He is also a member of 16th Lok Sabha, representing Ghazipur Lok sabha constituency and was also elected in 1996 and 1999. In 2002, he founded the Hindu Yuva Vahini. He was arrested for allegedly inciting Gorakhpur riots in 2007.

Announcing the decision after a meeting of legislators in Lucknow, Union Urban Development Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the UP result was a "watershed moment" in the history of BJP. The hands of such leaders appeared to have been forced by him.

Long-time RSS activist Trivendra Singh Rawat was on Friday elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

The oath as Ministers of State (MoS) was taken by Mannu Kori, Sandeep Singh, Suresh Pasi, Neelkanth Tiwari, Girish Chandra Yadav, Baldev Aulakh, Jai Kumar Singh Jacky, Atul Garg, Ranvendra Pratap Singh, Gulab Devi, Jai Prakash Nishad and Archana Pandey.

He promised to generate employment, and work for the development of all communities. The new Chief Minister and his team, the Prime Minister said, would leave "no stone unturned" to make Uttar Pradesh the Uttar Pradesh.

Party leaders said slogans of "Yogi, Yogi" filled Lucknow today instead of "Modi, Modi". He has also never contested an election in Uttar Pradesh.

Party sources said the selection didn't fit into the Modi-Shah pattern, going by their choice in states like Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra earlier and in Uttarakhand recently, where low-profile leaders have been elevated.

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.

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.

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