Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath took oath as UP Chief Minister for a historic second term

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Yogi Adityanath, the BJP’s choice for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, took the oath on Friday in Lucknow, becoming the state’s first CM in over three and a half decades to return to office after completing a five-year term. Adityanath was chosen as CM by the BJP following the party’s huge victory in the 2022 Assembly elections. In a House of 403 members, the BJP-led coalition won 273 seats.

Along with him, notable backward castes leader Keshav Prasad Maurya was sworn in for a second term as deputy CM, while the BJP’s Brahmin face Brajesh Pathak became Yogi’s other deputy. In addition, 52 MLAs were sworn in as ministers of the state government, which convened for its first meeting shortly after the big event.

Yogi Adityanath sworn in at Lucknow’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur were among the senior BJP leaders.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah even stated that Adityanath would need to return as CM in 2022 if the BJP were to retake power at the Centre in 2024. With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s return to power, the monk-politician has cemented his position inside the party.

Many are hailing his return to power as a “historic” event. Before his inauguration, BJP leader Ravi Kishen called Yogi’s return to office a “historic event.” He went on to explain that now that the Ram temple was underbuilt, all that was needed was ‘Ramrajya.’ Following the 2017 assembly elections, Adityanath was seen as an unexpected choice for CM.

Adityanath, born as Ajay Singh Bisht on June 5, 1972, in Pauri Garhwal’s Panchur (now Uttarakhand), left home in 1990 to join the drive to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He also became a student of Mahant Avaidyanath of Gorakhpur’s Gorakhnath temple. Following Avaidyanath’s death in 2014, he took over as the Gorakhnath ‘math’ head, a position he still occupies. Adityanath attended school in his hometown before earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University. He was the youngest Lok Sabha member elected from Gorakhpur, having entered politics at the age of 28. His decisions following his election as CM for the first time in 2017.