A day after being sworn in as 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on Monday met senior officials of the state and is going to meet Governor Ram Naik at 5pm. Adityanath’s 47-member cabinet include two deputy CMs (Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma) and a lone Muslim face Mohsin Raza, who was sworn in as a minister of state on Sunday. Here are the latest developments in this big story:
‘LAW AND ORDER TOP PRIORITY’
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today directed DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving law and order situation, hours after a BSP leader was shot dead in Allahabad.
Adityanath also expressed concern over the incident and stressed that restoring law and order was the top priority of his government.
60-year-old BSP leader Mohd Shami was last night gunned down by assailants close to his residence in Mauaima police station area in Allahabad.
FIRST CABINET MEET
Deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters that the first meeting of the state Cabinet would discuss all key issues mentioned in BJP’s ‘sankalp patra’, wh ich include loan waiver to farmers and ban on mechanised slaughter houses.
Sharma told mediapersons that his meeting was just a courtesy call.
“We will work for the welfare of the people with full vigour and ensure that the work is visible on the ground,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the DGP and Principal Secretary Home Debashish Panda met the chief minister at the VVIP Guest House here ahead of his meeting with the senior officials of the state.
The portfolios to the new ministers are likely to be announced soon. A 47-member Council of Ministers, including two deputy CMs, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik yesterday.
‘SABKA SAATH, SABKA VIKAS’
Hours after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has promised to work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, with focus on development and job creation.
“We will follow ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ agenda and will serve the state…Our government will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. We will ensure balanced development of UP,” Adityanath said.
“I want to assure people that BJP, which got votes for development and security, will show positive resuilts soon,” he added.
The chief minister also said that the effective measures will be taken by the government for welfare of common man and it will be devoted to welfare of people and the administration will be made sensible, answerable with emphasis on law and order. Sending a strong message against corruption on day one, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday asked all his ministers to provide details of their income, moveable and immoveable assets within 15 days.
He gave this direction to his ministers at the first introductory meeting soon after assuming office. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) criticised the BJP’s decision to make Yogi Adityanath the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and said it does not bode well for the people of the state.
“This choice by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), executed by its political arm the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is a deliberate move which bodes ill for the state,” the CPI-M said in a statement.
“The selection of Adityanath has once again exposed the oft-repeated claim of Modi that development will be its main agenda. It makes a mockery of his own slogan ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” the CPI-M said.
“Adityanath is a known Hindutva fanatic who has a record of inciting communal violence, having a number of criminal cases pending against him. He also espouses extremely casteist views.” Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the saffron party has betrayed the backward and Brahmins by appointing Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
“With an intention to fulfil their RSS agenda, the BJP has named Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister who belongs to ‘Khastriya Samaj’ and by doing so the party has also insulted the ‘Brahmin Samaj’. The anti-backward class face of BJP has been exposed. The BJP has betrayed and misled the other backward and Brahmin class,” Mayawati said.
The BSP chief further said the BJP has insulted the other backward class by naming Kehasv Prasad Maurya as deputy chief minister which is a post lower than that of chief minister.
“The BJP has betrayed Maurya by not appointing him the chief minister. He can’t even raise his voice because if he does then the BJP will throw him out of the party. He couldn’t take the shock and that is why he got admitted in the hospital,” she added.Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that BJP leaders had claimed in the past that their party, as a policy, was against the creation of deputy chief minister’s post.
It has now created the same post in Uttar Pradesh, he pointed out. Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav updated his twitter bio to Socialist leader of India just before BJP firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath took oath as the current Chief Minister of the state.