The BJP on Saturday named Yogi Adityanath as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. State unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma were nominated as deputy chief ministers. At a meeting in the state capital Lucknow, BJP legislators elected Adityanath after a close race among several chief ministerial candidates+ . He will take oath as UP chief minister tomorrow.
Over the last few days, reports suggested that the BJP top brass may pick Minister of State for Telecom Manoj Sinha for the coveted post, owing to his large experience in the party operations. Keshav Prasad Maurya, union ministers Kalraj Mishra and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma were also said to be in the running for the top post. Yogi Adityanath, 44, is a five-time member of Parliament and has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha since 1998.
The firebrand leader held a meeting with UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Bhupendra Yadav, Om Mathur and Sunil Bansal ahead of the legislators meeting in Lucknow, ANI reported. The BJP, which won three-fourths majority in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, is returning to power after 14 years.