Yogi, Yogi slogans inside BJP's MLA meet in Lucknow


The party has promised to announce the new Chief Minister after this meeting. Asked if he could be the CM, Maurya said it is for the legislature party to decide and the sanctity of its meeting would be lost if the name of the new chief minister is revealed before that.

Adityanath has rebelled against his party on several occasions, but because of the sway he holds over the "Hindu" voters, the BJP apparently could not ignore his 'leadership qualities'.

Putting an end to all speculations, the BJP named Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, while Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma has been appointed as the Deputy chief ministers of the state.

He said he would follow Prime Minister Modi's slogan "sab ka saath, sab ka vikas" and ensure all round development of the the country's most populous state.

But officials of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party said Adityanath, who will take charge on Sunday, was the appropriate leader for the state.

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After securing a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh by winning 325 Assembly seats, the BJP is now in the process of zeroing in on a credible face for the chief minister's post. "But it is evident that the BJP wants to pursue a strong Hindutva line in Uttar Pradesh".

Adityanath's controversial Hindutva background now comes under the scanner as there are many cases against him. The MP is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing group with significant popularity. Development of the state will be my top priority.

Though the former Chief Minister of the state was initially hesitant to go back to state politics, but is now ready to follow the party leadership's decision. The sources said even though the people of UP voted for Modi, senior party leader Rajnath Singh has been vetoing and opposing every candidate that was being put forth by the Modi-Shah combine. Their agenda can weigh over his development agenda, as also the person who could lead that agenda.

Opposition MPs have criticised the appointment of Mr Adityanath, but BJP ministers defended it. Media reports suggest that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are one-hearted in giving "Clean Chit" to Manoj Sinha for this high-profile responsibility.