Yogi to meet Modi in Delhi, oath-taking likely after Holi
Yogi Adityanath is set to take the oath of office for a second straight term as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh following the festival of Holi (March 18), ANI reported. Meanwhile, he is expected to visit New Delhi on Sunday to meet PM Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda and discuss the formation of the new government in UP.
Why does this story matter?
- In UP, several chief ministers other than Adityanath have been elected multiple times. However, none of them returned to power after a full five-year term.
- He is the first CM in the state's history to lead a party back to power after a complete term.
- BJP's success in the recent Assembly elections is likely to have an impact on the 2024 General Election, too.
Adityanath to meet PM, senior BJP leaders in Delhi
Adityanath held the last meeting of the outgoing cabinet in Lucknow on Friday and presented his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel. He will take oath as UP's CM for the second time next week after meeting senior party officials in Delhi. PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are currently in Gujarat; Adityanath's meeting with them is likely to be finalized upon their return.
How many seats did each party win?
In the 2022 UP Assembly elections, BJP won 255 seats, and its allies Apna Dal (S) and Nishad Party got 12 and six seats, respectively. Samajwadi Party bagged 111 seats, while its partners, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal, won six and eight seats, respectively. Congress and Janata Dal each bagged two seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party secured only one.
Adityanath's first Assembly election
Adityanath, a five-time Member of Parliament, ran in state Assembly elections for the first time this year from the Gorakhpur (Urban) constituency. After becoming UP's CM for the first time in 2017, he was elected to the Legislative Council. Notably, from 1998 till he became CM, he held the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency. For over two decades, BJP has held the Gorakhpur (Urban) seat.
'Noida jinx' put to rest
Meanwhile, with his victory, Adityanath also put to rest the "Noida jinx" theory—any incumbent CM who visits Noida loses the next elections. Many former CMs are said to have believed the myth. Former CM Akhilesh Yadav virtually inaugurated the Yamuna Expressway from Lucknow to avoid traveling to Noida in 2012. BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also avoided visiting Noida during his tenure.