Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath has been sworn in as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, along with two deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. BJP legislators from Uttar Pradesh on Saturday elected Adityanath, the controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva, as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Opposition parties criticised the selection of the Hindu hardliner, a 44-year-old five-time law-maker who is also the head of the Gorakhnath temple, a centuries old shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Political analysts said the massive mandate might have helped the party overcome caste concerns and carry forward its agenda of Hindutva and development.
7.27 pm: Ministers have been requested to give details of their income, movable and immovable property within 15 days, says Shrikant Sharma
7.16 pm: CM has requested cabinet ministers to refrain from making unnecessary statements which can hurt someone’s sentiment, says Shrikant Sharma, UP minister
6.53 pm: Govt will work for all section of society without any partiality, for this administration will be made accountable and answerable: UP CM
6.30 pm: BSP chief Mayawati says that BJP won support of OBC voters by advancing KP Maurya in the party and assuring him the chief minister’s post in rallies.
6.20 pm: Yogi Adityanath to address first press conference after taking over as UP CM in a short while
4.30 pm: Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Sunday said a ‘rogi’ (ill) Uttar Pradesh is blessed to have a chief minister like Yogi Adityanath and expressed confidence that corruption and nepotism would ward off from the state, a report in ANI says.
Heaping praise the newly elected Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Singh, in an exclusive conversation with ANI, said, “I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath for the historic mandate.”
4.15 pm: Yogi Adityanath becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is a mockery of Prime Minister Narendra Modis call for inclusive growth, the CPI-M said on Sunday. “This choice by the RSS, executed by its political arm the BJP, is a deliberate move which bodes ill for the state,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement.
4.00 pm: “I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development,” tweets Modi. He conveys best wishes to Yogi Adityanath and the deputy chief ministers in serving the people of UP.
He also says, “Our sole mission & motive is development. When UP develops, India develops. We want to serve UP’s youth & create opportunities for them.”
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
Our unwavering efforts to create a 'Bhavya' & 'Divya' Bharat continue. India's Jan Shakti is powering the rise of a new & transformed India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
3.45 pm: Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh greet Modi after the ceremony ends. In his rallies, Modi had ridiculed the opposition alliance of SP and Congress, saying they together stood for ‘SCAM’ (Samajwadi, Congress and Mayawati).
3.30 pm: Former cricketer Mohsin Raza sworn in as minister of state in the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government. PTI reports that he is the lone Muslim face in the new administration. Neelkanth Tiwari, Girish Chandra Yadav and Baldev Aulakh sworn in as ministers of state.
2.45 pm: Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharampal Singh, Satyadev Pachauri , Ramapati Shastri, JP Singh, Om Prakash Rajbhar, Lakshmi Narain Chaudhary, Chetan Chauhan take oath. Shrikant Sharma (who was BJP’s national secretary) also takes oath. He won the Mathura seat for the BJP after two decades, defeating Pradeep Mathur by more than a lakh votes.
Rajendra Pratap Singh, Sidharthnath Singh, Mukut Bihari Verma are sworn in as ministers.
2.27 pm: Surya Pratap Sahi, Suresh Khanna and Swami Prasad Maurya (who defected from the Bahujan Samaj Party) are sworn in as cabinet ministers. Khanna is an eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur. Satish Mahana, Rajesh Agarwal and Rita Bahuguna Joshi also take oath.
SP Singh Baghel, a three-time MP from Jalesar as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party and had been BSP’s Rajya Sabha member, is now sworn in as a cabinet minister in the BJP government in UP.
2.23 pm: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma take oath as the state’s deputy chief ministers. This is the first time that the two deputy CMs have been appointed in UP. Sources say that Maurya is also likely to be made UP’s home minister.
Former Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, former Bahujan Samaj Party leader Brajesh Pathak are set to become cabinet ministers. He won this time from Tundla in Firozabad, a stronghold of the Yadav family
2.18 pm: Yogi Adityanath takes oath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
2.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Lucknow to attend the oath-taking event. Senior leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have also arrived. Maharashtra and Goa chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Parrikar also present.
1.55 pm: Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav arrive at Lucknow’s Smriti Upvan to attend swearing in ceremony.
1.00 pm: Forty-five ministers, including 22 cabinet ministers, will take oath in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of NDA-ruled states will attend the ceremony. There could be a maximum of 60 ministers in Uttar Pradesh government.
State BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya and party’s national vice-president Dinesh Sharma will be the deputy chief ministers.
Here is a list of MLAs who will be taking oath in the afternoon:
12:20 pm: Immediately after taking oath, Yogi will hold the new government’s first cabinet meeting at 4.30pm at Lok Bhawan, the chief minister’s secretariat. The cabinet will take a call on loan waiver of medium and marginal farmers.
11.00 am: People in Gorakhpur, where Adityanath was a temple priest, celebrate ahead of the oath-taking ceremony.
It is a festive time for locals in nondescript Panchur village in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand since Saturday after Adityanath was elected leader of the BJP legislative party in UP, paving way for him to become the UP CM. “We hope that Ajay’s (Yogi) elevation will start a new era of good governance in UP,” his father Anand Bisht said. Read the full story here.
10.00 am: Yogi Adityanath will take charge as CM in Lok Bhawanfollowed by a meeting with ministers. He will address a press conference at 5pm on Sunday: ANI
About 20 other ministers can be sworn-in on Sunday, according to sources.
9.00 am: Uttar Pradesh BJP chief KP Maurya tells ANI he has issues with Yogi Adityanath being chosen as the chief minister. “I have been entrusted with the responsibility of a deputy CM... I’ll work on the law and order situation.”
7:30 am: Yogi Adityanath greets supporters as he leaves his VVIP guest house in Lucknow. He will be going to Gorakhpur -- his constituency -- after meeting with DGP Javeed Ahmad, principal secy Home Devashish Panda and SSP Lucknow, reports ANI.
(With inputs from agencies)