Give income, asset details in 15 days, Adityanath to ministers

BJP's hardline Hindutva poster boy and five-time Member of Parliament (MP), Yogi Adityanath was on Sunday sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, heading a 47-member council of ministers that includes two deputy CMs.

As the previous Government has divested all the secretaries of the then Chief Minister of their charges and has sent them on waiting list, Chief Secretary took the new CM and his two deputies - Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma - to the guided tour of his office.

"I have huge confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing party has picked a controversial firebrand leader to head India's most populous state, where it won a landslide victory last week.

Senior party leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was the central observer at the Legislature Party meeting, said it was a watershed moment for the BJP and it has become a common man's party.

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"Our government is committed to realise Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's dream of antodaya", he said.

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.

In 2015, after Khan complained of growing "extreme intolerance" in India, Adityanath said the Muslim actor was "speaking the same language of [terrorist leader] Hafiz Saeed". Eight turncoats, who switched over to BJP and won the elections, were also accommodated in the Council of Ministers.

In his first interaction with mediapersons after taking over, Adityanath said that his government will follow the "sabka saath sabka vikas" (With all, development for all) agenda in serving the state.

Yogi Adityanath said work will be done to make development agriculture-based as it is the main source of income in the state. Elected from Doiwala, Rawat is a former state agriculture minister.

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Here's the full video of his first press conference as chief minister.

"We will focus on skill development of youth so that they can get job opportunities".

But the elevation of Adityanath, 44, came as a surprise to many observers after an election campaign in which Modi and other BJP figures emphasised economic development over the party's "Hindutva" agenda.

Adityanath's appointment indicates that BJP is interested in developing another rung of Thakur leadership - a caste that decides elections in several states.

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