UP CM Yogi Adityanath meet Narendra Modi

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath meet Narendra Modi

The new chief minister has called for the strict implementation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan campaign. "Any chief minister in Uttar Pradesh will have to take dictates from the prime minister's office", he said. "BJP has got the majority and it is their prerogative to decide who will be the Chief Minister", senior TMC Vice President and MP Sultan Ahmed told PTI.

Adityanath left for Delhi this morning to take part in the meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board, a BJP spokesperson said here.

Governor Ram Naik administered the oath of office and secrecy to Adityanath and his Cabinet at a function in Lucknow's Smriti Upvan here. He said, the mandate is for development, and against corruption and black money. "When U.P. develops, India develops".

Unwilling to rest on its laurels after victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the BJP has started preparing early for the next electoral battles in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, slated for later this year.

India's 1.3 billion people are about 80 percent Hindu and 14 percent Muslim, with the rest made up of Christians, Sikhs and other minorities.

Sources say the RSS felt that Modi was going soft on the Hindutva agenda, and focusing too much on his image as a man of development.

"At the same time, this is a very big test for Modi", he noted.

If it was independent, Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 members to India's parliament, would be the world's fifth most populous country.

But Adityanath's elevation to the top post in Uttar Pradesh has unsettled many including liberals, opposition parties and political observers.

"Almost three years down the line there is no departure from "sabka saath, sabka vikas"; there is no let up in providing governance and improving delivery to the poorest; and there can be no distinction between citizens on the basis of their faith, region or identity". To rein in the yogi, there are two Modi loyalists as deputy chief ministers who will watch over him. And he's blamed Muslim youths for waging a "love jihad" by seducing Hindu women to convert them to Islam. Among other things, he's been accused of overseeing a Hindu vigilante group, and he faces a slew of criminal charges relating to intimidation of Muslims, including rioting and attempted murder.

Such cases are common in India's rough-and-tumble politics.

Dawn: In a state with almost four crore Muslims, where the BJP made a decision to field not even a single candidate from the minority community in the election, the chief minister-designate could be seen as adding insult to injury, because, more than anything else, he is known for his strident anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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