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How Yogi Adityanath overcame political ignominy to win the UP crown

How Yogi Adityanath overcame political ignominy to win the UP crown

Earlier in the day, the BJP named Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister while Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma have been appointed as the deputy chief ministers of the state.

Analysts are likely to interpret Yogi's selection as the chief minister as the RSS' flexing its muscles and influencing BJP's decision-making, but frankly, it does not matter if Prime Minister Modi or the RSS are on the same page or not.

The BJP brass had deputed three observers in Union minister for Urban Development Venkian Naidu, BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and state-in-charge and general secretary Om Mathur.

Yogi, according to those present in the meet, was given a rapturous welcome by his party colleagues.

Adityanath has also compared Shah Rukh Khan to the Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, saying that "Shah Rukh Khan should remember that majority population of the Country made him the Star, and if they boycot his films, he will also have to wander on streets". Modi has successfully aligned governance at Centre and state under his command to develop the state at a speed that was not seen so far, for job creation, for farmers welfare, for hope and aspiration.

The BJP, which won 325 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, would be meeting at 5 pm on Saturday to select the next CM of UP.


Sinha now holds two positions-minister of state (Independent Charge) of communications and minister of state for railways.

Sinha, who holds a B.Tech and M.Tech degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, is amiable to workers and colleagues. In 1998, he was elected to 12 Lok Sabha when he was just 26 years old.

The BJP has called a meeting of its newly-elected Uttar Pradesh MLAs in Lucknow on Saturday afternoon.

Addressing party legislators, Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath said, "We have to change the face of UP".

Union Minister of State for Telecom Manoj Sinha is the front-runner, but he too appeared in a denial mode on Friday much like Home Minister Rajnath Singh who told reporters in Parliament that he neither knows about "any race nor is he in the race".


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