Yogi Adityanath Sworn In as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

The minister, who has won MP elections five times from Gorakhpur, has been caught expressing anti-Muslim comments. The BJP top brass has taken its time to decide on the UP Chief Minister after results were declared on March 11.

Maurya, the MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, will be the Deputy Chief Minister apart from senior BJP leader and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma.

Uttar Pradesh new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seems to have found support from an unlikely quarter - former CM Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Ram Gopal Yadav.

Describing the CM as a "yogi" and above any caste and creed, Naidu said, "He has left his family 22 years back, working for the society, so how come you attribute any caste to him?"

Securing Uttar Pradesh was crucial for Mr Modi, who campaigned tirelessly and nearly singlehandedly carried the vote. The yogi might well shed his radicalism once he is exposed to power, but the battle of perception would go against the party.

Adityanath is known for his hardline Hindutva ideology and making anti-Muslim statements.

Talking to reporters at Raj Bhavan, he said, he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan "Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas" and ensure all-round development of the state.

The campaign acquired communal overtones following Modi's "kabristan and shamshan" remark at an election rally.

Newly elected UP BJP MLAs will meet in Lucknow on Saturday and are likely to elect their legislature party leader. Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha and is extremely important in the BJP's scheme of things. BJP has become a common man's party. He said, the mandate is for development and against corruption and black money.

Modi, in his victory speech after the Uttar Pradesh triumph, had called for the creation of a "New India" by 2022, effectively staking a claim to a second term at the general election that is due to be held in two years.

Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, while its ally the Congress stooped to its lowest tally with seven seats. "Our government will work for all sections without any discrimination", he said.

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But his installation as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, where 40 million of its 200 million population are Muslims and where religious tensions have regularly spiralled into bouts of rioting and violence, threatens to turn the state into a tinderbox.

Charan Singh, who served as chief minister twice, represented the Bhartiya Kranti Dal.

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