Yogi Adityanath Takes Oath As 21st CM Of Uttar Pradesh; Cabinet To Have 22 Ministers

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3:16 pm 19 Mar, 2017

Yogi Adityanath took oath as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon.

Governor Ram Naik administered the oath of office at a ceremony in Lucknow’s Kanshiram Smriti Upvan.

 

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For the first time in UP’s history not one but two deputy CM’s were sworn-in along with Adityanath – Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.

 

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had arrived earlier today in the state capital.

 

Those in attendance also included Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu among others.

 

MLAs who have been given cabinet berths in the UP government also took oath. Among them were Chetan Chauhan, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, SP Singh Baghel, Suresh Khanna, Dharampal Singh, Ashutosh Tandon, Brijesh Pathak, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Siddharthanath Singh, and Nand Kumar Nandi.

 

In all, Adityanath’s cabinet will have 44 ministers of which 22 are Cabinet Ministers.

 

There are six women in the government. Mohsin Raza is the sole Muslim minister. He has been given a MoS rank.

A wave of jubilation swept through both Gorakhpur in UP and Uttarakahand – from where Adityanath hails – when   his name was announced as the Chief Minister-designate yesterday by the BJP, which won 312 of the 403 Assembly seats.

Born Ajay Singh Bisht on June 5, 1972, Adityanath got a BSc degree in Mathematics and renounced his family at the age of 21 to become a disciple of Mahant Avaidyanath, then the head priest of Gorakhnath Math.

He contested from Gorakhpur seat in the Lok Sabha elections in 1998. He won the seat and retained it for five consecutive terms.

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