LUCKNOW :Newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that his government is committed to fulfil all the promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto.
Addressing his first press conference as the Chief Minister, Adityanath said, “I’m grateful to the people of Uttar Pradesh and assure them that the state will move towards development.””Our government is fully committed to fulfil the promises that were made (before elections),” he added.
“The government will work for all sections of society without any discrimination, the administration will be made accountable and answerable towards this end,” he said. He also thanked the people of state for giving a huge mandate to the BJP.
Yogi Adityanath — the five-time BJP Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur and the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple Promising to work with “utmost honesty”, the new Chief Minister later said the “fruits of the absolute majority that has been given to the BJP will soon be seen”.
Congratulating Yogi Adityanath, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had shared stage with him, tweeted, “I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development”.
“Our government will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. The BJP had presented the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra as its vision document ahead of the elections. All the promises will be fulfilled,” Yogi Adityanath said.
The new chief minister has asked all ministers to submit the details of their assets within 15 days. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Our sole mission & motive is development. When UP develops, India develops. We want to serve UP’s youth & create opportunities for them.”
Huge arrangements were made for the BJP’s massive show of strength to celebrate its landslide win in the state. Around 100 dignitaries — including BJP chief Amit Shah, its union ministers and Chief Ministers in other states and veterans like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi — shared the massive stage at Lucknow’s 96-acre Smriti Upwan, where the oath ceremony was held. Almost one lakh people attended the ceremony.
Among the cabinet ministers who took oath are Swami Prasad Maurya, Satish Mahana, Rajesh Agarwal, Ashutosh Tandon, Chetan Chauhan, Sidharth Nath Singh and Rita Bahuguna Joshi. Former cricketer Mohsin Raza is the Muslim face of the cabinet.
Accused of being a polarising leader by political rivals, Yogi Adityanath sought to make clear on Saturday evening that as chief minister, his focus will be to deliver on PM Modi’s development agenda and ensure good governance in Uttar Pradesh.
Senior state BJP leader Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was said to be one of the contenders for the top post, but was chosen as Yogi Adityanath’s deputy, said he was not upset about the decision. “UP is a big state, so it must have been a considered decision to appoint two deputy Chief Ministers… the party is like my mother – will do whatever it says.”
Dinesh Sharma, who has been Lucknow Mayor for many years and led the party’s membership drive in the state, will be the other deputy Chief Minister. Known to be extremely close to PM Modi and Amit Shah, the 53-year-old professor of Lucknow University took the number of BJP members in the state from about a crore to more than 11 crore.
None of the three top men in the Uttar Pradesh government – the Chief Minister and his two deputies – are legislators from the state. They will have to stand for election within the next six months.
Yogi Adityanath became India’s youngest parliamentarian in 1998 after being elected at the age of 26 from Gorakhpur. His name began to do the rounds as the leading candidates for the chief minister’s post on Saturday afternoon.