LUCKNOW: Yogi Adityanath was unanimously elected leader of the BJP assembly party in Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday. Adityanath will now go to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Anandiben Patel and demand the formation of a government.
A meeting of newly elected party MLAs was held at Lok Bhawan here where senior party leader Suresh Kumar Khanna proposed the name of Adityanath. Baby Rani Maurya, Surya Pratap Shahi and others supported the proposal.
Apna Dal (S) leader Ashish Patel and Nishad party chief Sanjay Nishad were present at the meeting with their MLAs. Addressing the MLAs, Adityanath said he would like to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party central observer Shah and Raghubar Das for electing him as the leader of the BJP Legislative Party after securing an absolute majority under the leadership of the Prime Minister.
Adityanath said he had no administrative experience when he first became chief minister and thanked Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah for instructing him to provide good governance in Uttar Pradesh.
Adityanath said that the obstacles that were seen in the implementation of the Centre’s projects in the state have been broken in the last five years. “People felt for the first time that houses could be built for the poor too. For the first time it seemed that the money could go directly to the poor’s account,” he said.
In states like Uttar Pradesh, festivals can now be celebrated peacefully, he added. Adityanath said that the Prime Minister’s mantra “Sabka Saath, Sabka Bikash” has had an impact despite the propaganda of the opposition. People have risen above caste and supported nationalism, development and good governance, he said, referring to the results of the recently concluded UP Assembly elections. On the occasion, Amit Shah welcomed Yogi Adityanath and said that no party has returned to power in UP in 37 years.
UP has gone through political instability as the parties have practiced caste, clan politics, he added. Adityanath will be sworn in on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP leaders.
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