Yogi Adityanath elected BJP legislature party leader, to be sworn in as CM of Uttar Pradesh tomorrow
Newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs in Uttar Pradesh today elected Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adiyanath as their legislature party leader, according to news agency ANI. The decision was taken a week after the party won 312 seats, while its allies 13 seats, taking the alliance's tally to whopping 325 in the 403-member assembly.
Adityanath's name was proposed by BJP leader Suresh Khanna and was supported by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
The BJP legislature party meeting also decided to have two deputy Chief Ministers -- Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after a meeting of the newly-elected 312 BJP legislators here. The oath taking ceremony is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and union ministers and Chief Ministers of various states.
Naidu said Adityanath, emerged as a consensus candidate in the first meeting of the new legislature party.
"As soon as the MLAs heard Yogiji's name, they stood and supported the proposal," said the minister, who was the BJP observer for the selection of the Chief Minister.
"Eleven MLAs proposed his name and all others unanimously supported it."
Naidu said Adityanath -- who comes from the Rajput community -- wanted two other "senior leaders" to help him run the government smoothly and state BJP chief Maurya and Lucknow Mayor Sharma were chosen as Deputy Chief Ministers.
Known for his firebrand Hindutva image, the 44-year-old leader is the head of the Gorakhnath Mutt in Gorakhpur, which has millions of followers from eastern UP and neighbouring Nepal. He has been elected as the Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur uninterrupted from 1998.
A science graduate, Adityanath is popular for his fiery speeches among his supporters but has antagonised minorities by his speeches and statements like Love Jihad, Ghar Wapasi.
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The new Chief Minister will be sworn-in tomorrow.