After his name was announced for the top post, Mr Adityanath thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who himself was an important part of the party's campaign in the state. "I will take UP forward with his motto of sabka saath sabka vikas," Mr Adityanath declared soon after he was announced the Chief Minister. He has been winning the Gorakhpur seat since 1998 and is the head priest of Gorakhnath Math. The politician-priest with his shaven head and trademark saffron robe has been the party's Hindutva mascot and consistently commissions headlines, usually because of his controversial statements.
Here are the highlights on new UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath:
- Government will work for all section of society without any partiality, for this administration will be made accountable and answerable
- The BJP government had vowed development though 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas', which will be taken forward
- UP has been left out in the race of development
- The previous government had indulged in corruption and family disputes and also derailed law and order in the state
- We will fulfil all the promises we have made to the people of the state
- The fruits of the absolute majority that has been given to the BJP will soon be seen
- The government will work with utmost honesty to generate employment for youth
- The BJP had presented the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra as its vision document ahead of the elections. All the promises will be fulfilled
Congratulations to Yogi Adityanath Ji, Keshav Prasad Maurya Ji, Dinesh Sharma Ji & all those who took oath today. Best wishes for serving UP- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
BJP's national President Amit Shah, partly credited with the victory in this year's assembly election in UP, arrives for the swearing-in ceremony.
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav arrives on stage right behind BJP's veteran leader LK Advani at Smriti Upwan, the venue where 43 minister will be sworn in today.
Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of BJP's Yogi Adityanath. His party, Samajwadi party was a distant second in this year's assembly elections.
In the grand scale of security arrangements for the swearing in ceremony, around 30,000 policemen have been stationed at the venue.
With less than an hour to go for the swearing-in ceremony of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, thousands of supporters have already gathered at the venue in Lucknow
-11 Chief ministers from BJP-ruled states are going to be present in Yogi Adityanath's swearing-in
-Around 40 ministers are expected to take oath today along with the new Chief Minister and his two deputies.
- Hundreds of Mr Adityanath's supporters from all across the state have reached Lucknow to attend the ceremony.
Interestingly, it was Mr Naidu who had announced the name of Yogi Adityanath for the post of UP chief minister last evening.
"Nobody can raise a finger on his commitment. Also, winning from the same seat five times isn't a small thing," said Venkaiah Naidu about Yogi Adityanath.
He openly requested me for two Deputy CMs who would help him as Uttar Pradesh is a big state.The trio will be a good combination: Venkaiah pic.twitter.com/OMeJNMSrzt- ANI (@ANI_news) March 19, 2017
The 53-year-old professor in Lucknow University's commerce department has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since long, but he emerged on the central stage of the party's politics with his appointment as its national vice-president in August 2014, after the BJP's landslide victory in the parliamentary elections.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minority Affairs Minister, that Mr Adityanath will prove his critics wrong by his developmental work and will emerge as the best chief minister.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said UP will benefit a lot from his "competent leadership" and will soon become 'Uttam Pradesh'.
BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya said Mr Adityanath will take Uttar Pradesh on the path of development and make it the best state.
The new CM designate of Uttar Pradesh has been embroiled in quite a few controversies in the past for his incendiary statements.
Mr Adityanath was also among the loudest campaigners against "Love Jihad", the term given by right-wing groups to describe what they allege is a strategy to convert Hindu women to Islam.
In March 2010, Adityanath was one of several BJP MPs who started the defiance to the party whip on the Women's Reservation Bill.
Some of his controversial statements include:
Mr Maurya will be sworn in as one of the two Deputy Chief Ministers of UP. Addressing the media he said:
- It's a big responsibility, will perform to the best of my abilities.
- Not upset about CM decision, party is like my mother - will do whatever it says.
- UP is a big state, so must have been a thought of decision to appoint 2 deputy Chief Ministers.
- Cabinet has been decided but will be conveyed by the Chief Minister who has the right to do so.
Incidentally, none of the men set to hold top posts today, including Yogi Adityanath, Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya, are legislators in the UP assembly
18 years ago, at the age of 26, Yogi Adityanath became the youngest MP in the India's 12th Lok Sabha
With only hours left for his swearing-in ceremony, Yogi Adityanath told his followers: "Don't create chaos in the name of celebrations," reported news agency ANI.