Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath will be sworn in as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday afternoon, along with two deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.
The new cabinet would be sworn in at 2.15pm on Sunday, information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after a meeting of the newly-elected 312 BJP legislators in Lucknow. The oath-taking ceremony is expected to be 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 next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP also picked its national vice-president Dinesh Sharma and state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya as Adityanath’s deputies.
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2.27 pm: Surya Pratap Sahi, Suresh Khanna and Swami Prasad Maurya (who defected from the Bahujan Samaj Party) are sworn in as cabinet ministers. Satish Mahana, Rajesh Agarwal and Rita Bahuguna Joshi also take oath.
2.23 pm: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma take oath as the state’s deputy chief ministers. This is the first time that the two deputy CMs have been appointed in UP. Sources say that Maurya is also likely to be made UP’s home minister.
Former Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, former Bahujan Samaj Party leader Brajesh Pathak are set to become cabinet ministers.
2.18 pm: Yogi Adityanath takes oath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
2.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Lucknow to attend the oath-taking event.Senior leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have also arrived. Maharashtra and Goa chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Parrikar also present.
1.55 pm: Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav arrive at Lucknow’s Smriti Upvan to attend swearing in ceremony.
Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav arrives attends Yogi Adityanath’s oath-taking ceremony in Lucknow. (ANI )
1.00 pm: Forty-five ministers, including 22 cabinet ministers, will take oath in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Here’s is a list of MLAs who will be taking oath in the afternoon.
12:20 pm: Immediately after taking oath, Yogi will hold the new government’s first cabinet meeting at 4.30pm at Lok Bhawan, the chief minister’s secretariat. The cabinet will take a call on loan waiver of medium and marginal farmers.
11.00 am: People in Gorakhpur, where Adityanath was a temple priest, celebrate ahead of the oath-taking ceremony.
People celebrate ahead of Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony, in Gorakhpur. (HT Photo)
10.00 am: Yogi Adityanath will take charge as CM in Lok Bhawanfollowed by a meeting with ministers. He will address a press conference at 5pm on Sunday: ANI
About 20 other ministers can be sworn-in on Sunday, according to sources.
9.00 am: Uttar Pradesh BJP chief KP Maurya tells ANI he has issues with Yogi Adityanath being chosen as the chief minister. “I have been entrusted with the responsibility of a deputy CM… I’ll work on the law and order situation.”
7:30 am: Yogi Adityanath greets supporters as he leaves his VVIP guest house in Lucknow. He will be going to Gorakhpur — his constituency — after meeting with DGP Javeed Ahmad, principal secy Home Devashish Panda and SSP Lucknow, reports ANI.
(With inputs from agencies)