Yogi Adityanath named as Uttar Pradesh CM

Lucknow: After hours of deliberation, BJP named its firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The fifth-term Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur is the mascot of the party’s Hindutva-wrapped agenda of development. Adityanath’s ascension can strengthen the BJP’s ‘Hindutva’ establishment in the state, but may provide enough fodder to the opposition to attack the saffron party on lines of ‘divisive politics’.

The swearing-in ceremony of the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will be held tomorrow in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Until Friday, Union Minister Manoj Sinha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur Suresh Khanna were being projected as the main contenders for the post by their partymen.

The BJP marked an astounding victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by winning 325 seats out of 403, thus dislodging the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) from power.

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