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Sabka sath, sabka vikas, motto of BJP govt in UP: Yogi

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Prakash Pant

Yogi Adityanath was not projected as the chief ministerial face during the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh as that department was taken care of exclusively by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After his swearing-in yesterday, the new chief minister pledged that his government "will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination".

Along with Adityanath two deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma as well as 44 ministers were sworn in on Sunday in Lucknow.

Though Union Minister Venkiah Naidu who was present in the meeting as party observer termed the decision "unanimous" and had the backing of all MLAs, party insiders said that in many ways both Amit Shah and Narendra Modi were "arm twisted" into decision making.

Trivendra Rawat will be sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the hill state today. After the BJP announced Yogi Adityanath's name for position of Chief Minister on Saturday.

In his first interaction with mediapersons after taking over, Adityanath said that his government will follow the "sabka saath sabka vikas" agenda in serving the state.

Though the Council of Ministers is dominated by upper castes, Adityanath tried to strike a caste balance in his Government. He also had a meeting with former Chief Secretary of UP Nripendra Mishra.

Speculation is rife in the political circles that the ruling BJP in Gujarat may opt for early Assembly polls in the state, following the party's landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh election.

Moreover, in view of Lok Sabha election in 2019, BJP can not afford to take any wrong decision, said some party insiders when asked about the delay in declaring the CM's name.

The Yogi has been winning Lok Sabha elections from Gorakhpur since 1998. "Allowing Hindutva hardliners to helm a major state is a costly mistake", said journalist Malini Parthasarathy on Twitter as #YogiAdityanath became a top-trending topic in India. Party insiders said the overwhelming mandate has posed a fresh challenge for the BJP to meet sky-high expectations.

It would also be pertinent to mention here that the BJP's vote share in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections has come down slightly to almost 40 per cent from 2014's 42.3 per cent.

By choosing a higher caste Bhumihar Brahmin to lead the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a caste-conscious Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi is once again confirming that the qualities that inspire such judgments are merit and caliber but not caste considerations.

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