Hardline priest sworn in as head of India's Uttar Pradesh state

Prakash Pant

Addressing his first press conference after being sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that all the promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the people of UP will be fulfilled.

In Gorakhpur, 300km to the east, a seer from Haridwar who had come to celebrate Adityanath's political elevation had to look beyond the continent to find a fitting analogy for the yogi's pre-eminence.

Where from here for Uttar Pradesh, asked many after controversial leader and Hindutva's stringent face Yogi Adityanath was made the chief minister of India's largest state and its mainstage of national politics and movements - Uttar Pradesh.

These are the list of ministers who took oath in the Yogi Adityanath government as cabinet ministers.

According to sources inside the Party said that the next Chief Minister's name would be announced on 18th Saturday after the meeting of the Legislative Party in the state capital.

After the ceremony, Modi said in a tweet: "Our sole mission and motive is development".

With last week's clear win in the politically crucial state, the BJP hopes to boost Modi's chances for a second term in 2019 general elections, but it was unclear whether Adityanath's appointment would help it get there or backfire.

The oath ceremony was taking place with the presence of numerous eminent guests, which included LK Advani, Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers from various other states.

The BJP has also appointed four of its 32 female legislators as ministers.

On portfolios, Mr. Sharma said no decision has been taken yet.

Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha and is extremely important in the BJP's scheme of things.

The BJP, which won 325 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, would be meeting at 5 pm on Saturday to select the next CM of UP. "In Urban areas we will create jobs and provide quality education to the youth and children of this state", he said. What makes him the most desirable choice to lead Uttar Pradesh on behalf of the Bhartiya Janta Party?

Adityanath has often fanned flames over religious conversions, inter-religion marriages, and has reportedly been arrested and charged with several crimes in the past including rioting, attempt to murder and trespassing on burial places.

As the month-long Uttar Pradesh poll progressed, the rhetoric used by Modi and his campaign chief Amit Shah struck an increasingly harsh tone: In one speech Modi said villages with graveyards should have crematoriums too - a veiled reference to the different burial practices of Muslims and Hindus.

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