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Adityanath sworn in with 2 deputies, 49 ministers

March 19, 2017 03:09 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Uttar Pradesh and Chief Minister UP Adityanath

New Delhi, March 19: Five-time Parliamentarian, the BJP'’s Adityanath, was this afternoon sworn in as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister along with 49 ministers, in a ceremony graced by a plethora of BJP luminaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior opposition politicians and a raft of sadhus, sanyasis and sanyasinis.

Others who attended the swearing in included the BJP's Amit Shah, LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Murli Manohar Joshi and Nitin Gadkari. The various sadhus, sanyasis and sanyasinis attending the swearing-in ceremony arrived at Lucknow airport this morning in a double- decker Boeing 747.



The two deputy minister-designates Keshav Prashad Maurya  and Dinesh Sharma were among those sworn in by UP governor Ram Naik. Of the 40-plus ministers, 22 were of cabinet rank. Also among the ministers were six women and cricketer-turned-BJP politician Mohsin Raza, the sole Muslim. The swearing-in ceremony took place at Lucknow's Smriti Upwan Park.

Others who attended the swearing in included the BJP's Amit Shah, LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Murli Manohar Joshi and Nitin Gadkari. The various sadhus, sanyasis and sanyasinis attending the swearing-in ceremony arrived at Lucknow airport this morning in a double- decker Boeing 747.

Outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav also attended Adityanath's coronation.

The swearing-in ceremony was the culmination of a seven-phased Assembly poll spread over two months in the huge state, which resulted in no less than a landslide victory for the BJP, which won 312 of the 403 Assembly seats. The BJP didn't name a chief ministerial candidate all through the campaigning, or even until 24 hours ago.

Yesterday evening, after a suspense-filled week, the BJP's senior leadership named Adityanath, five-time Gorakhpur MP, for the chief minister's post, and in a departure of sorts also named not one, but two deputy chief ministers. So, assisting Adityanath over the next five years will be deputy CMs Maurya and Sharma.

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