The race for the top post in Uttar Pradesh is now over, as BJP has chosen Yogi Adityanath to be the Chief Minister. The final decision was taken today evening in a meeting held at Lok Bhawan. The meeting was attended by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, BJP vice-president Om Mathur, state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and several other BJP leaders. Political pundits said that Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of UP will help BJP to promote ‘Hindutva’ in the state. However, it can also attract criticism from opposition parties for divisive politics.
It may be recalled that Yogi Adityanath is a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur. He is also the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. Yogi Adityanath holds significant influence in eastern UP, where he has launched various projects and campaigns for the protection and promotion of Hindutva. His Hindu Yuva Vahini organization has been associated with cow-protection drives, campaigns to stop love jihad, etc. This organization has presence in areas such as Gorakhpur, Mau, Deoria, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddharthnagar.
Governor Ram Naik said that the new chief minister and his cabinet ministers will take oath on Sunday, March 19 at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan.