New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed its first government in Uttar Pradesh in nearly 15 years on Sunday as Yogi Adityanath took oath as chief minister along with Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma as deputy chief ministers.
A 47-member council of ministers that was sworn in includes former Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member Swami Prasad Maurya and senior BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh.
Adityanath, a five-time Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur, took oath as the 21st chief minister of the state after being elected the legislative party leader on Saturday.
“Our government will work for the benefit of the people. Corruption and bad law and order situation have ruined the state and have adversely affected the people. Our government will work for the development of Uttar Pradesh without any bias,” Yogi Adityanath told a press conference on Sunday.
“We will work for all sections of society without any partiality—for this, our administration will be made accountable and answerable. We will fulfil the promises that we have made to the people,” he added.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, central ministers Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharti and veteran leader L.K. Advani. Also present at the ceremony were outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Chief ministers of states ruled by the BJP including Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra were also present.
Modi tweeted later, “Congratulations to Yogi Adityanath, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and all those who took oath today. Best wishes for serving UP. I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development. Our sole mission and motive is development. When UP develops, India develops. We want to serve UP’s youth & create opportunities for them.”
In the recent assembly elections, the BJP also formed the government in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
“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. Our unwavering efforts to create a ‘Bhavya’ & ‘Divya’ Bharat continue. India’s Jan Shakti is powering the rise of a new & transformed India,” Modi said in another tweet.
The BJP won 312 seats of the 403-seat assembly in Uttar Pradesh. In the run-up to the elections, its manifesto focussed on farmers, youth, anti-corruption, law and employment.
Replying to a question on loan waiver of small and marginal farmers as promised in the party’s manifesto, deputy CM Dinesh Sharma told reporters, “The promises that we have made will be fulfilled.”
Analysts say Yogi Adityanath has a challenging job, especially keeping the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind.
“He (Adityanath) has started with a setback to the people. They did not expect him as the CM option. His policies so far have been non-inclusive and non-developmental. He also comes with no prior administrative and governance experience,” said A.K. Verma, Kanpur-based political analyst and political science professor at Christ Church College.
“With less than two years to go for general elections, it is a tall order for him. In this short time, he will have to fulfil the promises that were made by the PM in his election rallies and also by the party as the stakes are very high for the party in the state,” he added.
PTI contributed to the story.