Lucknow, March 19: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath has been sworn in as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, along with two deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. BJP legislators from Uttar Pradesh on Saturday elected Adityanath, the controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva, as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Of the 40-plus ministers, 22 were of cabinet rank. Also among the ministers were six women and cricketer-turned-BJP politician Mohsin Raza, the sole Muslim. The swearing-in ceremony took place at Lucknow's Smriti Upwan Park.
Others who attended the swearing in included the BJP's Amit Shah, LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Murli Manohar Joshi and Nitin Gadkari. The various sadhus, sanyasis and sanyasinis attending the swearing-in ceremony arrived at Lucknow airport this morning in a double- decker Boeing 747.
Outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav also attended Adityanath's coronation.
Adityanath 'openly asked for 2 deputy CMs,' said Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. These deputy CMs "would help him (Adityanath) as Uttar Pradesh is a big state", said Naidu about Maurya and Sharma
"The trio will be a good combination. Yogi is an honest man, nobody can raise a finger on his commitment," Naidu said.
Here is a list of MLAs who took the oath