Yogi Sarkar 2.0: UP Chief Minister’s ‘historic’ second term, with 2 deputies, 16 ministers and 20

Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second consecutive term on Friday in a glittering ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from him, prominent backward caste leader Keshab Prasad Maurya was also sworn in as Deputy CM for a second term and BJP’s Brahmin face Brajesh Pathak Yogi became another deputy. Also, 52 MLAs have been sworn in as ministers of state cabinet, which were convened for the first time after the glittering ceremony.

Adityanath was administered the oath of office by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. Top BJP leaders included Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Tagore.

Adityanath will address his first cabinet meeting with the Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Secretary and all top officials at the Yojana Bhavan in Lucknow on Saturday, March 26. He will also attend the swearing-in ceremony of Protem Speaker at Raj Bhavan.

Yogi again in the upper chair

His return to power is considered by many to be a “historic” moment Before taking oath, BJP leader Ravi Kishen described the return of Yogi to power as a historic moment. He said that what was needed now to build a Ram temple was ‘Ram Rajya’ Following the 2017 Assembly vote, Adityanath was considered an unexpected choice for Chief Minister. The BJP has just won a landslide victory and many did not consider the saffron-clad poster boy as the top for Hindutva. Pick up for the top chair of the state. At the time, he was considered a provocative and often accused of making provocative remarks against Muslims.

However, in this round, his appointment is not a surprise. Now, with the BJP returning to power in four of the five voting-prone states and Sannyasi’s landslide victory in UP, Adityanath has consolidated his position. Many political observers have predicted that the BJP will have a big role to play in the coming years. The 48-year-old is the first chief minister in three and a half decades to return to power in the state after completing a full five-year term.

He was born to Ajay Singh Bisht in Pauri Garwal’s Panchur, now in Uttarakhand, on June 5, 1972. He left his home in 1990 to join the campaign for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and became a disciple of Mahanta Avaidyanath of Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. . After Avidyanath’s death in 2014, he took over as head of Gorakhnath’s ‘Mathematics’, a position he still holds. Adityanath went to school in his own village and later completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hembati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.

After entering politics at the age of 28, he was the youngest winning Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur. His decisions have confirmed his image as the mascot of Hindutva since he became chief minister for the first time in 2017. He is known for his decision to ban illegal slaughterhouses, including crackdowns on cow slaughter; As well as many controversial ‘profit jihad’ laws. During the 2022 election campaign, he was often accused of making a deliberate attempt to polarize the state. He spoke of the split of 80-20 votes, which according to many has been attributed to the Hindu-Muslim ratio in the state, even though the Chief Minister has denied it.

Two deputies

Maurya, a prominent OBC leader, lost the recent elections but returned as the second deputy CM of Yogi. But, his continuity speaks volumes about his popularity and the retention of his community whose support was instrumental in the BJP’s return to power. The 52-year-old lost to Sirathu by nearly 7,000 votes, but the party has confidence in him.

He comes from a humble background and, like a yogi, the beginning of his political life is marked by the Ram temple movement. Insiders say Maurya helped his parents farm, ran a tea shop and sold newspapers in his early days. A “Promoter” For 18 years on behalf of the VHP and Bajrang team, he first won from Sirathu in 2012 and came to limelight in 2013, when he led protests against the arrival of a Christian missionary at a college in Allahabad.

The other deputy CM is prominent Brahmin face Brajesh Pathak, who has replaced Dinesh Sharma. Pathak was the law minister in the cabinet headed by Adityanath. In the election, Pathak won from Lucknow Cantonment Assembly constituency. She moved from Mayawati’s BSP to the BJP before the 2017 assembly elections. He is considered a strong leader and many candidates are calling for his election campaign. He started student politics in 1989 and was president of Lucknow University in 1990.

Ministers of the Yogi 2.0 government

The list of new ministers in the Adityanath-led government has a total of 52 names, with the central leadership adding some more. As per Prime Minister Modi’s directives, educated and grassroots leaders of different classes and regions will get priority while maintaining regional balance of caste.

There are 18 cabinet ministers, 20 state ministers and 14 MoSs (independent responsibilities). The list includes 20 OBC faces, five women, two leaders of the alliance, seven Brahmins, six Kshatriyas, four Vaishyas, eight Dalits, two Bhumihar community leaders, as well as one each from the Muslim, Kayastha and Sikh communities.

In terms of regional balance, 16 ministers are from Western UP, 15 from Eastern, six from Central and Awadh, five from Rohilkhand and four from Bundelkhand.

Apart from two Deputy CMs Keshab Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak, the list of ministers also includes Surya Pratap Shahi, Suresh Kumar Khanna, Swatantra Dev Singh, Baby Rani Maurya, Laxmi Narayan Chowdhury, Jaybir Singh, Dharmapal Singh and Nanda Gopal Nandi. Bhupendra Singh Chowdhury, Anil Rajvar, Jitin Prasad, Rakesh Sachan, Arvind Kumar Sharma, Jogendra Upadhyay, Ashish Patel and Sanjay Nishad.

Ministers of State (in independent charge) are Nitin Agarwal, Kapil Dev Agarwal, Rabindra Jaiswal, Sandeep Singh, Gulab Devi, Girish Chandra Yadav, Dharmabir Prajapati, Asim Arun, JPS Rathore, Dayashankar Singh, Narendra Kashyap, Narendra Kashyap, Dayashankar mixed ‘kind’.

Among the ministers of state are Mayankeshwar Singh, Dinesh Khatik, Sanjeev Gaur, Baldev Singh Aulakh, Ajit Pal, Yashwant Saini, Ramkesh Nishad, Manohar Lal Mannu Kori, Sanjay Gangwar, Brajesh Singh, KP Malik, Suresh Rahi, Anup . Pratibha Shukla, Rakesh Rathore’s guru, Rajini Tiwari, Satish Sharma, Danish Azad Ansari and Vijay Lakshmi Gautam.

The only Muslim minister

There is also a Muslim minister in the Adityanath-led government as part of an effort to strike at the correct caste equation and to include people from different races and communities. Danish Azad Ansari was sworn in as Minister of State. Ansari said he was surprised to receive a call from the chief minister’s residence in the morning because he had the opportunity to join the 33-year-old Adityanath’s party. The youth leader is serving as the state general secretary of the BJP Minority Morcha (UP).

Space for former bureaucrats

Two retired bureaucrats have found a place in Yogi’s cabinet. When former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma was sworn in as a cabinet minister, retired IPS officer Asim Arun was included as MOS (independent responsibility).

Sharma joined the BJP just before the UP Assembly elections in January after retiring voluntarily and is a BJP MLC. Sharma was a 1988 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

Arun, a resident of Kanauj and had earlier taken VRS from the post of Commissioner of Police in Kanpur. He then contested from Kanauj Sadar constituency on a BJP ticket. He won the constituency three times, defeating Samajwadi Party MLA Anil Dohre, who was considered Yadav’s stronghold.

(With PTI input)

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