Lucknow, March 19: BJP leader and Mahant of Gorakhnath peeth Yogi Aditya Nath was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Governor Ram Naik administered the oath of office and secrecy to Aditya Nath and his Cabinet at a function in Lucknow's Kanshiram memorial ground. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Party President Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled States were prominent amongst those present at the swearing-in ceremony.
UP BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya and Party`s National Vice President Dinesh Sharma was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister. Meanwhile The BJP had secured 312 seats in a 403-member house, while its allies Apna Dal (Soneylal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party got nine and four seats respectively.
After taking charge, Adityanath is expected to hold a meeting with ministers in which some important decisions will be taken, party’s “sankalp patra” (manifesto) said. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the swearing-in ceremony and around 30,000 policemen have been stationed at the venue.
Earlier Talking to reporters at Raj Bhavan yesterday, Yogi Aditya Nath, a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, said he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan 'Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas'. Announcing the decision of Yogi's election, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that this was a watershed moment for the BJP and it has become a common man's party.
Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath Born in 1972 in a village in Uttarakhand was elected to the Lok Sabha first time in 1998 from Gorakhpur in the age of 26 years. He is five time MP from one constituency of Gorakhpur. He has been elected again in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 to the Lok Sabha.
He became head priest of Gorakhnath math following the death of his spiritual Guru and former president of Hindu Mahasabh Mahant Avaidyanath in September 2014. He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth. He is science graduate from Garhwal University.
Above 20 senior leaders of the party are likely to sworn in as minister. Prominent among the probables include Laxmikant Vajpayee, Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi Swati Singh, Swami Prasad Maurya, Chetan Chauhan, and Pankaj Singh.