Yogi Adityanath appointed as UP CM

18 Mar 2017 | Written by NewsBytes Desk; Edited by Shikha Chaudhry
Yogi Adityanath: UP CM

The BJP has appointed their MP Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur, as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha since 1998.

The announcement puts to rest all speculation on who would be selected for the top post.

Adityanath has reportedly flown to Delhi to meet BJP chief Amit Shah for discussions.

In context: Yogi Adityanath: UP CM

ElectionsBJP sweeps-up UP

The BJP scripted a landmark victory in UP. It won a total of 312 out of 384 seats it contested from.

The vote-share for BJP stands at 39.7% The SP-Congress alliance could only gather 54 seats with a combined vote-share of 28%.

BSP has 19 seats under its ambit, with a vote-share of 22.2%.

Who will lead UP?

After the BJP's victory, speculation was rife over who would be appointed the next CM. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP MP Adityanath, three-time Ghazipur MP Manoj Sinha, general secretary Srikant Sharma, Bareilly MP Santosh Gangwar, State President Keshav Maurya were all considered for the post.
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18 Mar 2017Yogi Adityanath appointed as UP CM

Yogi's views on "Triple Talaaq"

On the triple talaaq issue, Adityanath is known to have strong views. He said, "It is necessary for protecting the interest of women for their empowerment. If any part of the body is weak, the body cannot remain strong."
Yogi Adityanath sworn in as 21st Chief Minister of UP

19 Mar 2017Yogi Adityanath sworn in as 21st Chief Minister of UP

Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as Uttar Pradesh's CM today. The ceremony was attended by Modi, Amit Shah, Advani, amongst others.

It is after 15 years that UP has a BJP CM.

The two deputy-CMs Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were also sworn-in.

His cabinet has a total of 50 ministers, out of which there are 5 women. Mohsin Raza is the only Muslim minister.

20 Mar 2017Yogi Adityanath, UP CM, asks for asset details of ministers

Yogi Adityanath, in his first decision as UP CM, has asked all ministers to declare income and assets within 15 days.

In his first news conference, he also appointed Sidharthnath Singh and Srikant Sharma as the government's spokespersons.

Adityanath, who reiterated a commitment to BJP's 'sabka saath sabka vikas' motto, has also reportedly asked ministers not to make 'frivolous' comments.

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Yogi Adityanath's chosen cabinet

44-year-old head priest of Gorakhnath temple and five-time MP, Yogi Adityanath, inducted a varied cabinet, including a Muslim and a Sikh. Along with 26 upper caste ministers, five Dalits and 15 OBCs were also sworn in. Five are women.

23 Mar 2017UP CM Yogi Adityanath distributes portfolios, keeps Home for himself

Yogi Adityanath retained the crucial home ministry, among others, in an attempt to keep a check on UP's dismal law and order. However, finance has gone to veteran Rajesh Agarwal.

Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma got PWD and higher education respectively. Cricketer-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan got sports and youth welfare.

Former UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi has women and family welfare and tourism.

25 Mar 2017UP CM Adityanath shifts Deputy CM from office

UP Chief Minister Adityanath, has asked Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to vacate his office on the fifth floor of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan (Annexe) building.

Adityanath said he would like to function from there until his office at Lok Bhawan was ready.

The fifth floor of the Annexe building has traditionally been the Chief Minister's office in UP.