Counting on the yogi image for Uttar Pradesh CM

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Counting on the yogi image for Uttar Pradesh CM

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced that spiritual guru Yogi Adityanath will be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. BJP chief Amit Shah had projected the party's victory in Uttar Pradesh as the defeat of caste and dynasty politics, while Modi had promised that the BJP government will be for "those who voted for it and also for those who did not".

Yogi Adityanath has been the hard Hindutva face of the party in the 15 years it spent in political wilderness in the State and after the influence of former CM Kalyan Singh declined. This also means that BJP's big catch-phrase Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, which it adopted ahead of 2014 parliamentary election and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as rest of his party colleagues would so proudly repeat on all possible forums will be reduced to a cruel joke.

Party sources say Rajnath Singh may be out of the reckoning since he is a Thakur and the BJP has already picked Trivendra Singh Rawat, also a Thakur, as the chief minister of neighbouring Uttarakhand.

"Hindutva won, Hindus won, No place for seculars now; Jai Shri Ram" exulted one of them.

DEPUTIES TO BALANCE: The two deputy chief ministers will enable the BJP to talk differently with different stakeholders - development when needed, religion when needed.

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His appointment is likely to be well received by the vast number of the electorate that supported the BJP in the recently concluded Assembly polls.

"We will stand by our words (promise of BJP before election)", he said. If one leader gets elected continuously for six times, he has obviously done something, " BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav told The Sunday Express. He is the founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini. BJP leaders said the unprecedented triumph paved the way for the party's initiatives on good governance, public welfare and alleviation of poor.

The chief minister-designate and the two deputy chief ministers are, incidentally, not members of the state legislature.

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy said: "The BJP is in majority and it is their prerogative as to whom they name as the Chief Minister". BJP has become a common man's party. Adityanath's mentor and father figure mahant Avaidyanath had a Hindu Mahasabha lineage before he joined the BJP. Adityanath and 130 others were arrested on the spot.

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