Controversial Hindu priest chosen as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

  • Controversial Hindu priest chosen as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

Controversial Hindu priest chosen as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

Trivendra Rawat will be sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the hill state today.

Some party leaders, though, wondered whether the RSS, the BJP's ideological mentor, was in a position to exert pressure on the Prime Minister after the sweep in Uttar Pradesh.

In choosing Adityanath, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma - two leaders from the upper castes and one from the backward caste - the BJP has balanced the caste considerations.

"We will adhere to the credo of "development for all" initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi", Adityanath added.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, when asked about the possibility of an early election in the aftermath of the Uttar Pradesh poll results, said the party had a five-year mandate in Gujarat and the government will complete its full term, adding that the election will be held in December.

But the BJP, which won 312 of the total 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, reassured Adityanath would work for development and anti-corruption. Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily had even called it "an assault on secularism" and the CPM accused the BJP of systematically playing the communal card.

After fighting, and winning the UP elections, on the plank of development, the BJP's nomination of Yogi Adityanath, a man notorious for his diatribes, has come as a complete shocker to many, and possibly also to some who may have voted for the BJP. "India is not Hinduism".

Defending the lack of Yogi Adityanath's administrative experience, members of his Lucknow unit of the Hindu Yuva Vahini said in Gorakhpur he administers a temple, many hospitals and colleges.

"He has made provocative statements in the past and the question is whether he continues that style of politics as chief minister because the new job entails new responsibilities", he said.

"I am thankful to Governor Ram Naik who invited me to form government in UP", he said in his first brief media interaction at Raj Bhawan.