- Yogi Adityanath addresses first press conference after taking charge as Uttar Pradesh CM
- The oath-taking ceremony took place at Smriti Upvan in Lucknow
- PM Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah also attended the event
- PM Modi interacted with Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh at the ceremony
- Adityanath will address the media at 5 pm from Lok Bhawan in Lucknow
Yogi Adityanath Addresses First Media Briefing After Taking Office
On Sunday evening, Yogi Adityanath addressed his first press conference in Lucknow after taking office as the UP chief minister. In a brief statement that was wrapped in a few minutes, Adityanath said he would work for all sections of society with any partiality.
Corruption, poor law and order has harmed the state. Our government will work for the betterment of the people. It will work for all sections of society without any partiality and this administration will be made accountable and answerable. We will fulfil all the promises we have made to the people of the state.Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath Takes Charge as the UP CM
Adityanath took charge in Lucknow as the new chief minister of the state.
Several BJP supporters were seen celebrating after Adityanath took office.
The Yadavs at the Swearing-in Ceremony
Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and father and Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav were also present at the swearing in ceremony.
Yogi Adityanath Takes Oath As Uttar Pradesh CM
Firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath was sworn in on Sunday as the Chief Minister of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh.
Cheered by tens of thousands of supporters, the 21st Chief Minister of the country's most populous state was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik.
Dressed in his characteristic saffron robes, Adityanath then walked over to and sought the blessings of BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Lucknow MP.
Prime Minister Modi Extends Congratulations to Adityanath
The Prime Minister congratulated Adityanath, among others, in a series on tweets.
Congratulations to Yogi Adityanath Ji, Keshav Prasad Maurya Ji, Dinesh Sharma Ji & all those who took oath today. Best wishes for serving UP— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
He expressed confidence in UP’s eventual growth under BJP’s leadership.
I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
Our sole mission & motive is development. When UP develops, India develops. We want to serve UP's youth & create opportunities for them.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
With the blessings of people & hardwork of our Karyakartas the BJP has formed governments in 4 out of the 5 states that went to the polls.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
Former Cricketer Mohsin Raza Lone Muslim Minister in the Cabinet
Former cricketer Mohsin Raza, who was sworn in as Minister of State, is the only Muslim representative in the new UP cabinet.
Raza is not a member of the state assembly. He is a spokesman of the BJP.
Swami Prasad Maurya, Rita Bahugana Joshi and Swati Singh Take Oath as Cabinet Ministers
Former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya and Rita Bahugana Joshi were sworn in as Cabinet ministers in the newly-formed Uttar Pradesh cabinet. Other notable names included Surya Pratap Shahi, Suresh Khanna, Satish Mahana and Rajesh Agarwal. Anil Rajbhar and Swati Singh take oath as Ministers of State (Independent) in UP government.
Governor Ram Naik also administered the oath to Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharmpal Singh, SP Singh Baghel, Satyadev Pachauri, Ramapati Shastri, Jay Pratap Singh, Om Prakash Rajbhar, Brajesh Pathak and Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary as cabinet ministers of the Uttar Pradesh government.
Former Indian Cricketer Chetan Chauhan Among Cabinet Ministers Sworn In
Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in the newly-formed Uttar Pradesh government in Lucknow. Shrikant Sharma, Rajendra Pratap Singh, Siddharth Nath Singh, Mukut Bihari Verma, Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi and Ashutosh Tandon also took their oath as Cabinet Ministers.
Anupama Jaiswal, Suresh Rana, Upendra Tiwari, Mahendra Singh, Swatantra Dev Singh, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary and Dharam Singh Saini were sworn in as Minister of State (Independent).
Dinesh Sharma Takes Oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Keshav Prasad Maurya Takes Oath as Deputy Chief Minister
Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari Arrive, Mulayam Singh Yadav Also Seen
Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Mulayam Yadav and Uma Bharti arrived at Lucknow's Smriti Upvan to attend swearing-in ceremony of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh CM.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was also seen at the ceremony.
PM Narendra Modi Arrives To Attend Swearing-in Ceremony
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Lucknow airport to attend swearing-in ceremony of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in Smriti Upvan.
Naidu Hails Yogi Adityanath on Facebook
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu wrote a long Facebook post in defence of Yogi Adityanath’s nomination as UP CM.
A Proud Family
With the swearing-in ceremony only two hours away, the father of Yogi Adityanath, Anand Singh Bisht, was approached by the press for a comment in Panchur village, Uttarakhand:
His sister said:
We remained glued to our TV yesterday awaiting the news. Later, we celebrated and burst crackers for the good news!
'New Dawn is set in the Offing'
Official spokesperson of the BJP, Sudhanshu Trivedi said:
It’ll be a new era of development with PM’s vision & Yogi’s action; a new dawn is set in the offing for UP.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said:
The party has decided on his name. He became a sanyasi and he is a five-time member of Parliament. It’s not easy to win with such a large mandate. Ideological orientation and Yogiji’s commitment to fight against the injustice is what makes him the leader. He is now the unopposed leader of the state in BJP and its allies. He requested for two deputy CMs.
Senior leader of the BJP, Murli Manohar Joshi added that he expected ‘sabka saath and sabka vikaas’ from Adityanath:
He has deep roots in helping the poor and needy ones in purvanchal.
Speaking to NDTV, BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi say that Aditynath will emerge as the “best Chief Minister”, while Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said UP will benefit a lot from his "competent leadership" and will soon become 'Uttam Pradesh'.
Adityanath's Supporters Celebrate
Yogi Adityanath’s supporters came out in the streets of Gorakhpur to cheer their leader on as the swearing-in ceremony approaches. Adityanath asked his supporters to maintain law and order while celebrating, earlier this morning.
Adityanath to Address the Press in the Evening
Yogi Adityanath will take charge as CM in Lok Bhawan, after the swearing ceremony where Governor Ram Naik will administer the oath of office. It will be followed by a meeting with the ministers. He will hold a press conference thereafter at 5 pm.
Uma Bharti, Keshav Maurya Speak to the Press
State unit chief and now UP Deputy CM , Keshav Prasad Maurya spoke to the press:
I have no issues with Adityanath being chosen as CM. I have been entrusted with the responsibility of Deputy CM. I will work on the law and order situation and will end goon-culture. It’s a big responsibility, will perform to the best of my abilities. I am not upset about CM decision. The party is like my mother; I will do whatever it says. UP is a big state, so must have been a [well] thought decision to appoint two deputy Chief Ministers. The Cabinet has been decided but will be conveyed by the Chief Minister who has the right to do so.
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti expressed her joy at Yogi Adityanath being appointed CM.
Yogiji will take development and nationalism together as he moves forward. This is the biggest slap on the face of Communists.
Adityanath Cancels Gorakhpur Plans
Yogi Adityanath told the press that he won’t be visiting his constituency post the announcement as planned, and will wait until after the ceremony.
Earlier this morning, Adityanath was seen leaving his VVIP guesthouse in Lucknow for a stop in his constituency, Gorakhpur, ahead of the swearing in. However, soon after he was spotted taking a round of Smriti Upvan where the ceremony will held later today.
Yogi Adityanath will be sworn-in along with his ministers at 2:15 pm today at Lucknow's vast Smriti Upvan near the Ambedkar memorial. Sources say a show of impressive scale is being planned with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party President Amit Shah and several union ministers and CMs on the guest list.
Speaking to the press about the celebrations lined up today by his followers and supporters, Adityanath asked for calm and order:
There should be no chaos in the name of celebrations. Police must deal swiftly and firmly with miscreants.
Following the Chief Minister designate’s orders, all the District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) had been called to ensure that law and order is maintained.
UP CM, Two Deputy CMs To Take Oath Today
Hardliner Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath has been elected as the next leader of Uttar Pradesh while Lucknow mayor, Dinesh Sharma and state unit chief, Keshav Prasad Maurya have been elected as the deputy chief ministers of the state.
Adityanath, a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, was unanimously elected BJP Legislature Party leader at a meeting of the newly-elected MLAs in Lucknow last evening. He, later, met the Governor and staked claim to form the government in the state.
Senior party leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was the central observer at the Legislature Party meeting, said it was a watershed moment for the BJP and it has become a common man's party. He said, the mandate is for development, and against corruption and black money.
In the recently held polls in the state, BJP had bagged 312 seats, and its allies 13, taking the alliance's tally to 325 in the 403-member Assembly. It will be forming the government in UP after 14 years.