Akhilesh Yadav, road-rolled by the BJP in this year's Uttar Pradesh assembly election, was present on Sunday when Yogi Adityanath took oath as UP's new Chief Minister.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, the party's state unit chief, and Dinesh Sharma, BJP's national vice president, were inducted as deputy chief ministers.
Adityanath's selection as chief minister despite his streak of rebelliousness and lack of administrative experience underlines the BJP's compulsions in Uttar Pradesh as well as the monk's popular following and his ability to hold the party hostage to his ambition.
The Chief Minister said that the government would work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, adding that women safety would be prioritised.
Cheered by tens of thousands of supporters at the Smriti Upvan, the 21st Chief Minister of the country's most populous state was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik. After the ceremony, Modi said in a tweet: "Our sole mission and motive is development".
While Sadhvi Prachi isn't even a member of the BJP, Adityanath had not taken too kindly to Kher's remarks. He said the composition of his council of ministers is an indication that his government is committed to "sabka saath, sabka vikas". "Everyone who is prejudging the decision is doing it at their own peril - these arguments were also used in the case of Prime Minister Narendra Modi", BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli said.
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He reiterated his govt's commitment to ensure the welfare of all while taking the state ahead on the path of development.
Adityanath, who has been accused by opposition parties of being a divisive political figure, enjoys considerable popularity in the state and is known to make provocative statements, be it about Islam or Pakistan.
As a Union Minister of Communication and minister of the state of Railways, Manoj sustains a deliberately low profile but is seen as a honest silent performer.
"We will focus on skill development of youths so that they can get job opportunity while government appointments will be made corruption free and transparent". Meanwhile, who would become the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is still not confirmed.
Addressing his first press conference after assuming office, the CM said, "We will fulfill all the promises we have made to the people of the state".
One of the star campaigners of this Assembly Elections, the Hindutva poster boy has served as a BJP MP of Gorakhpur for five years.