Chief minister-designate Yogi Adityanath took the oath of office on Friday at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow. The oath was administered by Governor Anandiben Patel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and a host of chief minister of BJP-ruled states and senior BJP leaders were present on the occasion. Some central ministers such as Anurag Thakur, Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Bhupendra Yadav, Smriti Irani, and Hardeep Singh Puri were also present.
Keshav Prasad Maurya was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister despite losing his seat. The other deputy chief minister sworn in today is Brajesh Pathak. In all, 52 ministers were sworn in, including Baby Rani Maurya, the lone woman to find a place in the ministry. Eighteen have been given cabinet positions, 14 Minister of State(independent charge) and 20 MoS. Sanjay Nishad, President of Nishad Party also took oath as a cabinet minister
Bollywood was represented by actors Akshay Kumar and Kangana Ranaut.
Adityanath was elected leader of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Party on Thursday. This will be his second consecutive term. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was present at the legislative party meeting.
The BJP won 273 seats of the 403 assembly seats, beating anti-incumbency post pandemic.
Yogi Adityanath, whose name was Ajay Singh Bisht was born in Pauri Garhwal’s Panchur (now Uttarakhand), on June 5, 1972. He left home in 1990 to join the campaign to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He went on to become a favoured disciple of Mahant Avaidyanath of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur.
After Avaidyanath’s death in 2014, he took over as the head of the Gorakhnath `math’, a post he still holds and makes frequent trip to the eastern UP town. In Gorakhpur, he founded his own band of volunteers, called the Hindu Yuva Vahini.