It’s official!BJP MP Yogi Adityanath will be the next Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
The BJP Legislature Party meet is still underway at Lok Bhavan in Lucknow. Adityanath, whose name cropped at the last moment, came at the meeting venue for a brief time and then left with his supporters. He will take the oath on Sunday at 2.15 pm.
Supporters of Yogi Adityanath shout 'Yogi,Yogi' outside Lok Bhawan (Lucknow) where BJP MLAs meeting is underway pic.twitter.com/cFlE3CQcAq
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The name of Yogi Adityanath, also head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in eastern UP, began to do the rounds as a possible candidate only on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Adityanath, who has arrived at the BJP’s legislature party meet, also flew down to New Delhi in the morning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Sources said the party’s ideological mentor, the RSS, has vetoed the party’s top choice for Chief Minister, union telecom minister Manoj Sinha. BJP President Amit Shah met RSS leaders today to finalise who would be Chief Minister.
As his supporters raised slogans in Lucknow this morning to demand that Yogi Adityanath be made Chief Minister, the lawmaker flew to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sources said Uttar Pradesh is also likely to have two deputy chief ministers – BJP’s UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, the Mayor of Lucknow – are in the running.