Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav was sworn in as the 33rd chief
minister of country's most politically crucial state Uttar Pradesh on
The 38-year-old, the youngest to hold the post in the country's most
populous state, took oath in the name of God at 11:34 am at the sprawling
La Martiniere College grounds. Hundreds of thousands of supporters
thronged the venue since early morning.
The Cabinet ministers are Azam Khan,
Shivpal Singh Yadav, Ahmad Hasan, Waqar Ahmad Shah, Raja Mahendra Aridaman
Singh, Ambika Chaudhary, Anand Singh, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja
Bhaiyya, Balram Yadav, Om Prakash Singh, Awadhsh Prasad, Parasnath Yadav,
Ram Govind Chaudhary, Durga Prasad Yadav, Brahma Shanker Tripathi,
Kameshwar Upadhyaya, Raja Ram Pandey, Raj Kishore Singh and Shiv Kumar
The son of SP chief Mulayam Singh
Yadav, Akhilesh is credited with steering the party to a thumping victory
of 224 seats in the 403-member Assembly.
He, however, will have his task cut out fulfilling the long list of
promises made by his party in its poll manifesto.
Samajwadi Party had announced a slew of poll sops, including providing
laptops to intermediate pass students, tablet computers to high-school
pass outs, allowance to unemployed youths, free treatment to patients
suffering from serious ailments and loan waivers for farmers.
Akhilesh will also have to take a call on constituting a commission for
taking legal opinion on providing reservation to Muslims and implementing
recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission and the Sachar
The SP leader has said improving law and order situation and rooting out
corruption in the state are among his top priorities.
Besides, restoration of student unions in universities and colleges will
also be a challenge for him.
Even before taking the reins of the state, the party is under attack from
opposition parties, including outgoing chief minister Mayawati, who has
alleged that the law and order situation had deteriorated following
declaration of poll results in favour of SP.
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