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Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: Uma Bharti expresses delight

Updated: Mar 19, 2017 11:55 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 19 (ANI): Expressing delight over Yogi Adityanath, who is all set to take oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister today at 2:15 p.m., Union Minister Uma Bharti addressed Yogi as her younger brother and said the news of him becoming the Chief Minister of the state was the best 'of the 21st century'.

"For me, Modi ji being the Prime Minister of India and my younger brother Yogi ji becoming Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is the best news of 21st century," Bharti told ANI.

Bharti further stated that she was also hopeful that Yogi would focus on development in the state.

"Yogi ji will simultaneously focus on development and nationalism, which is like a slap on the face of leftists," said Bharti.

Yogi Adityanath, a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, was unanimously elected BJP Legislature Party leader at a meeting of the newly-elected MLAs in Lucknow last evening. He, later, met the Governor and staked claim to form the government in the state.

Talking to reporters at Raj Bhavan, he said, he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan 'Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas' and ensure all round development of the state.

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. He said, the mandate is for development, and against corruption and black money.

In the recently held polls in the state, BJP had bagged 312 seats, and its allies 13, taking the alliance's tally to 325 in the 403-member Assembly.

Meanwhile, Adityanath has called on his followers and admirers to maintain law and order during their celebrations, while giving full freedom to the state police to take action on those who create ruckus.

"There should be no chaos in the name of celebrations. Police must deal swiftly and firmly with miscreants," he said.

Following the Chief Minister designate's orders, all the District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) have been called to ensure law and order is maintained. (ANI)

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