Modi's Vision at Risk in Uttar Pradesh

Posted March 21, 2017

A 47-member Council of Ministers, including two deputy CMs, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik yesterday.

Opposition parties on Saturday criticised the BJP after it announced Yogi Adityanath's name as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, saying it was pursuing the "politics of Hindutva".

Amid criticism over the BJP going for Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Naidu said it was the legislators who decided on the leader and that is the system in the party. Had he not been made deputy chief minister, he would have got a heart attack. That is the system in the BJP.

The Union minister also maintained that after discussions with the elected MLAs, he had conveyed their views to BJP national president Amit Shah.

A hardline Hindu religious leader was sworn in on Sunday as head of India's most populous and politically significant northern Uttar Pradesh state.

"I have vast confidence that this new team [headed by Adityanath] will leave no stone unturned in making Uttar Pradesh [northern state] into Uttam Pradesh [excellent state]", tweeted Mr Modi. They can not control law and order. "He has been betrayed and so have been the Brahmins, whose votes were taken by the BJP".

A Trinamool Congress MP denounced criticism of the Yogi's elevation as UP CM.

The 44-year-old Adityanath has won the parliamentary seat from Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh since 1998.

Defending Adityanath's appointment, M Venkaiah Naidu, a senior BJP cabinet minister, said it was "very unfair" to criticize the new chief minister without giving him a "fair opportunity".

A few hours after Adityanath was sworn in at a gala event on Sunday, unidentified gunmen shot down a BSP leader and five-time block pramukh Mohammad Shami in Allahabad.

Adityanath distributed copies of the BJP manifesto as required reading and execution, NDTV reported.

The CPM, therefore, "calls upon all democratic and secular forces in Uttar Pradesh to unitedly work to ensure the safeguarding of communal amity and the protection of the rights of all sections of the people in accordance with the constitutional guarantees". "There is nothing wrong in it". "Sanitation has to be taken on a war-footing", he said.