New Delhi, March 19: Appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Saturday evening evoked sharp reactions from opposition parties.
Congress Party chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said it was the prerogative of the ruling party to choose a chief ministerial candidate. The delay in naming the chief minister and appointment of two deputy chief ministers reflected a bitter power struggle within the BJP, Surjewala added.
Surjewala said the Congress will continue to act as watchdog and play a constructive role in the progress of UP.
The CPI (M) accused the BJP of systematically playing communal card in India’s biggest state, soon after the BJP named the firebrand MP as its legislature party leader in UP.
The Biju Janata Dal, which often supported the BJP in the parliament, too questioned the decision saying Adityanath had no administrative experience to handle the post.
“He (Yogi Adityanath) never held any administrative post. This is an opportunity for him to prove his mettle. I hope he lives up to the expectations of all the people in UP,” said BJD leader Bhartrahari Mahtab.
Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal reacted cautiously.
“I congratulate him on his election. We will wait and watch for six months. We hope he will change his thinking and desist from creating a divide between Hindus and Muslims. If he does, we will go among the people and oppose him,” he said.
The Shiv Sena whose alliance with the BJP is under stress, also had a word of caution for the firebrand MP who has a history of making divisive remarks.
“The controversial remarks won’t work now as he will be the next chief minister of the Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state. If in case he does make such remarks, it will create chaos in the state. Now he should talk about development,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
(With inputs from agencies)