Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held his first cabinet meeting in Lucknow

It will happen late at night today or tomorrow morning, sources said.

Keshab Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak have also been sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers of UP. The new cabinet ministers also took oath on the same day.

Chief Minister-designate Yogi Adityanath has arrived at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekna Cricket Stadium for his swearing-in ceremony, where he will be sworn in for the second consecutive term. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Tagore and others were present. Soon after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda followed suit. Shah walked 500 meters to reach the venue after his convoy got stuck in traffic outside gate number 3 of the stadium.

Yogi Adityanath demanded the formation of a second government in Uttar Pradesh a day before he was sworn in as chief minister at a mega event on Thursday, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other dignitaries.

Adityanath met Governor Anandiben Patel after the BJP legislature elected him as its leader, confirming a decision taken by top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Shortly after the meeting of BJP MLAs in Lucknow, Nishad party leader Sanjay Nishad and Apna Dal (S) chief Ashish Patel presented a letter of support to Governor Patel. Later, Adityanath reached Raj Bhavan to present the party’s demand. The BJP won 273 of the 255 seats in the 403-member assembly with allies.

This is the second time in more than three decades that a party has won two consecutive assembly elections in the state. At a meeting of the party’s newly elected MLAs, Adityanath said that the Prime Minister’s inclusive mantra ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Bikash’ had affected the UP election results and thanked him and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for guiding him in the first term.

The swearing-in ceremony at the Lucknow Stadium on Friday will be attended by Prime Minister Modi, senior BJP leaders including chief ministers of other states and eminent personalities from various fields. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who attended the meeting of BJP MLAs as an observer, said the party’s success in UP since 2014 proved that people were in favor of “performance politics rather than racism and complacency”.

In Delhi on Thursday, top BJP leaders gave the final touches to the practice of forming a government in Uttar Pradesh and a party source said the state could once again have two deputy chief ministers. Outgoing Deputy Chief Ministers Keshab Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and former Governor of Uttarakhand Baby Rani Maurya are seen as pioneers for the two posts.

BJP president JP Nadda and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in charge of the party for state elections, were also involved in the talks. The leaders discussed issues like maintaining caste and regional balance in the new UP cabinet.

Baby Rani Maurya, a member of the influential Jatav community from the Scheduled Castes, is widely campaigned for an important place in the new government. He resigned from the post of Governor of Uttarakhand to contest the Assembly elections. Brijesh Pathak, a minister in the outgoing government, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Dev Singh and former bureaucrat AK Sharma, who is considered close to Modi, are also being considered for key posts, including deputy CM, if the party wants to bring a new face. .

Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will take part in the function on Friday. Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and 60 other business tycoons have also been invited. Venues to Bharat Ratna Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. Modi, Shah and Adityanath have cut-outs.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and state Lok Dal chief Jayant Chowdhury, who fought the election in a coalition, said they would not attend the event. Opposition leaders in the state have been invited, UP BJP general secretary JPS Rathore confirmed to PTI.

Adityanath has personally invited more than 50 spectators, including from Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi, party leaders said. Dinesh Shankar, state-level functionary of the World Hindu Council, said prominent spectators, including members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirthakshetra Trust, have been invited. Yoga guru Ramdev, “The Kashmir Files” director Vivek Agnihotri and actor Anupam Kher are on the list.

The venue has a seating capacity of 50,000 people. About 8,000 police personnel will be deployed for the event, an official said. In a meeting of MLAs, Amit Shah said that Uttar Pradesh has long faced political instability due to “racist and racist parties”.

“In the last 37 years, no party has won an absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh again,” he said, referring to his party’s trend-breaking victory twice. It is historic that the BJP is the only party to win more than two-thirds of the seats for the second time in a row, ”he added.

Shah said Adityanath had ended the politicization of the administration and made politics criminal. It reassured everyone that law enforcement would work if anyone complained. Adityanath said he had no administrative experience when he first became chief minister and thanked Modi and Shah for guiding him to provide good governance in Uttar Pradesh.

“People felt for the first time that houses could be built for the poor. For the first time, it was felt that the money could go directly to the poor, ”he said. He added that the festivals can now be observed peacefully.

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