Hindu priest takes oath as chief of India's largest state

Posted March 20, 2017

Both MLAs separately confirmed to that Adityanath himself insisted on the need of two more able hands to assist him in governance of a vast state like Uttar Pradesh. It would not be exaggeration that UP is critical for the BJP and Modi's chances in 2019.

Asked about reports suggesting that Adityanath was made the chief minister at the behest of the RSS, Naidu shot back, "Who are these people to say?"

Firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath has stressed that in his new role as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, his top priority will be all-pervasive growth and development of the state, indicating that he was ready to toe the moderate line in sync with his party's central leadership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of India's ruling party attended a ceremony in the Uttar Pradesh state capital of Lucknow, where Yogi Adityanath took the oath of office. It is neither fair nor wise to write someone off without giving a proper opportunity, but unfortunately that looks like a case with how markets may react to the appointment of Yogi Adityanath.

One of his first tasks may be to fulfil an election manifesto pledge and close slaughter-houses that are mostly operated by Muslims.

Yogi Adityanath's "shocking" appointment as Uttar Pradesh chief minister has heightened the need for "all democratic and secular forces" to work together and ensure that constitutional guarantees are upheld, the CPM said today.

With such a big minority population and the kind of statements this man has made, how do you build trust in the leadership in Uttar Pradesh?

Further, castigating opposition parties for unnecessarily brewing insecurity amongst the people of the state, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said rival political outfits have no agenda to focus, hence are politicising such issues.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh election, securing 312 out of the 403 state assembly seats. Moreover, in view of Lok Sabha election in 2019, BJP can not afford to take any wrong decision, said some party insiders when asked about the delay in declaring the CM's name.

National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said on Twitter: "Can spokespersons of BJP now put to rest their oft repeated assertion that RSS is only a social organisation?" After a stupendous win in the Assembly election, the party can ill afford to lower its guard. "Mandate is for BJP and BJP legislators have decided for Yogi Adityanath". The BJP didn't name a chief ministerial candidate all through the campaigning, or even until 24 hours ago. He, later, met the Governor and staked claim to form the government in the state.