Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for a second term at the Ekna Stadium in Lucknow on Friday. Keshab Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak have been sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh. Pathak has become the Deputy Chief Minister instead of Dinesh Sharma.
In the former Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state, Pathak served as law minister. Here is what you need to know about the senior BJP leader:
Switch over from BSP before the 2017 vote
In the March 10 assembly elections, Pathak won the Cantt assembly seat in the capital, Lucknow. Pathak, who defected from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2017 assembly elections, became law minister.
He was welcomed into the BJP in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister Mahesh Sharma.
Prominent Brahmin leader
He is now regarded as a powerful leader in the state and a prominent Brahmin face. Many candidates also called Pathak to campaign in the recent assembly elections. He started student politics in 1989 and was president of Lucknow University in 1990.
Lucknow Cantt won the seat in the 2022 poll
In the just-concluded assembly elections, Pathak defeated his rival, Raju Gandhi of the Samajwadi Party by a margin of 39,512 votes and won the Lucknow cantonment seat.
Strong student leader
The reader was born in 1964 in Hardoi. He was a lawyer by profession and his first brush with politics started in 1989 as a student leader and the following year he became the President of Lucknow University. He also served as an MP from Unnao Lok Sabha constituency between 2004 and 2009.
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