New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday elected Yogi Adityanath as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in a decision taken at the legislative party meeting in Lucknow. The party also elected its state president Keshav Parsad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, mayor of Lucknow, to be deputy chief ministers of the state.
The decision to elect Adityanath, Maurya and Sharma for the three top posts indicate the delicate caste arithmetic of the BJP. While Yogi Adityanath is Rajput, Keshva Prasad Maurya belongs to the other backward class (OBC) community, and Dinesh Sharma is Brahmin. The three communities came together to help BJP win 312 out of the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.
“All the Members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) of BJP unanimously elected Yogi Adityanath as the leader of the legislative party. The oath taking ceremony is on Sunday at 2:15 PM,” said M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister, who was sent as the observer by BJP for the legislative party meeting.
Naidu also said that on the request of Adityanath, BJP’s central leadership has decided to nominate Sharma and Maurya as deputy chief ministers. “Yogi Adityanath said at the meeting at Uttar Pradesh is a big state and BJP leadership should send two leaders who can help him govern the state well,” said Naidu while speaking to reporters after the meeting.
The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and all the members of the parliamentary board of the party.
The 44-year-old Adityanath is a member of Parliament from Gorakhpur. He was first elected from Gorakhpur in 1998 and has since continuously been elected from the constituency. Maurya too is a member of Parliament from Phulpur. He is a first time parliamentarian.