Yogi Adityanath is new UP CM; Keshav Maurya, Dinesh Sharma his deputies

Yogi Adityanath is new UP CM; Keshav Maurya, Dinesh Sharma his deputies

By: || Updated: 18 Mar 2017 09:44 PM
LUCKNOW: In a stunning turn of events, firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was on Saturday unanimously elected as the BJP legislature party leader after he emerged as the front runner in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's race. The Gorakhpur MP will head the new UP government with Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma as his deputies.

Known for his firebrand Hindutva image, the 44-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader comes from the Rajput community and is the head of the Gorakhnath Mutt in Gorakhpur, which has millions of followers from eastern UP and neighbouring Nepal.

As it happened:

  • Adityanath's name was proposed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suresh Khanna and was supported by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

  • "I am thankful for the decision. Dinesh Sharma and I are the deputy chief ministers," the Keshav Maurya said, adding people's "welfare is the priority" for the new government in Uttar Pradesh.

  • Adityanath's name was proposed by BJP leader Suresh Khanna and supported by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

  • Yogi Adityanath elected as BJP legislature party leader, will be new Uttar Pradesh CM

  • Yogi Adityanath named CM designate for UttarPradesh: ANI

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  • BJP legislature party meeting begins in Lucknow

  • BJP Leaders Yogi Adityanath, Bhupendra Yadav, Om Mathur, KP Maurya & Sunil Bansal held a separate meeting, ahead of BJP MLAs meet

  • Slogans in favour of Yogi Adityanath being raised in MLA meet, his name for CM & Dinesh Sharma's name for Deputy CM being discussed: Sources

  • Supporters of Aadityanath storm the venue, chant 'Desh me Modi, Pradesh me Yogi' in praise of Gorakhpur MP

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Yogi Adityanath likely to be new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, say Sources. UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma may become Deputy Chief Ministers

Uttar Pradesh may get two Deputy Chief Ministers, Dinesh Sharma's name alomost certain: Sources

Keshav Maurya reaches Lucknow Airport

Keshav Prasad Maurya, Yogi Adityanath front runners in Uttar Pradesh CM race. Manoj Sinha's name not considered, Sources say

Manoj Sinha stuck at Babatpur Airport in Varanasi, will leave for Lucknow in a charter plane

Central observers - Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav -- will remain present at the meeting to elect the chief minister.

BJP vice-president Om Mathur, state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and other senior party leaders are also likely to attend the meet.

"The new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh along with his Cabinet colleagues would take oath on March 19 at 5.00 PM at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan.

Union Minister Manoj Sinha, Home Minister and former state chief minister Rajnath Singh, Maurya and eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur Suresh Khanna are being projected as the main contenders for the post by their partymen.

All these leaders in their interactions with the media have played down their chances.

Sinha was in Varanasi yesterday where he offered prayers at Sankatmochan temple.

The BJP is forming government in the politically crucial state after a gap of 15 years.

In the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the party secured 312 seats in a 403-member house, while its allies Apna Dal (Soneylal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party got nine and four seats respectively.

Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, while its ally the Congress stooped to its lowest tally with seven seats.

Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party could manage to get only 19 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

With the BJP leadership often springing a surprise with its choice of state leaders like Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana, Vijay Rupani in Gujarat and now Trivendra Singh Rawat in Uttarakhand, sources have said that a relatively lesser known leader cannot be ruled out.

The central observers will most likely inform the MLAs about the BJP top brass' choice which will be subsequently endorsed at the meeting today.

The BJP top brass has taken its time to decide on the UP Chief Minister after results were declared on March 11.

The sources said the party is extra cautious as it is returning to power in Uttar Pradesh after a 15-year hiatus. Moreover, in view of Lok Sabha election in 2019, BJP cannot afford to take any wrong decision, said some party insiders when asked about the delay in declaring the CM's name.

After a stupendous win in the Assembly election, the party can ill afford to lower its guard. Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha and is extremely important in the BJP's scheme of things.

Party insiders said the overwhelming mandate has posed a fresh challenge for the BJP to meet sky-high expectations.

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