Give income, asset details in 15 days, Adityanath to ministers

20 March, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Ora Austin
  • IIT-BHU alumnus Manoj Sinha is PM Modi's pick for UP CM

The new Chief Minister and his team, the Prime Minister said, would leave "no stone unturned" to make Uttar Pradesh the Uttar Pradesh.

"Only a party which has sheer contempt towards secularism and democracy can elevate such a person to the office of Chief Minister", the Left leader alleged.

His trip to Lucknow is scheduled for March 19 when the new government will be sworn in, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. "We will ensure balanced development of UP". "He has the potential to emerge as an alternative power centre", a former BJP MP said, adding that Adityanath may have put his foot down and demanded the top post, pointing out how his extensive campaigning had helped the party.

The party has designated two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, in a bid to balance the caste dynamics but many say that may not be enough.

While the massive mandate of the state has followed PM Modi's promise of development, the new chief minister has been known so far as a Hindutva mascot whose controversial statements have consistently made headlines.

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A senior Congress party leader, Veerappa Moily, said Adityanath's selection was "an assault on secularism".

A five-time MP from the BJP, Adityanath is a popular leader known for his fiery Hindu rhetoric who has stirred controversies over his polarising and inflammatory speeches against Muslims - who form almost 20 percent of the state's population. "India is not Hinduism. Investment will be promoted for industrial development and it will be done for economic development", Adityanath added.

Swapan Dasgupta, a right-leaning commentator, said Adityanath was associated with "a certain brand of militant Hindu assertion" but that he was also "one of the most charismatic and captivating politicians in Uttar Pradesh". "You have to change when you're in government compared to when you're in agitational politics".

"I am thankful to Governor Ram Naik who invited me to form government in UP", he said in his first brief media interaction at Raj Bhawan.

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