[Yogi Adityanath (centre) is offered sweets after he was elected as Uttar Pradesh chief minister during the party lawmakers’ meeting in Lucknow on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)]
Lucknow: Within hours of being nominated as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath spoke to Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) and directed them to maintain Law and Order at any cost.
"Disturbance shouldn't be created in the name of celebrations", Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath said to them.
Yogi Adityanath has been elected BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh Assembly after the meeting of party MLAs held today in Lucknow.
Though Union Minister Venkiah Naidu who was present in the meeting as party observer termed the decision "unanimous" and had the backing of all MLAs, party insiders said that in many ways both Amit Shah and Narendra Modi were "arm twisted" into decision making.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself in contention for the top job, first announced Adityanath's election.
Maurya, the MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, will be the Deputy Chief Minister apart from senior BJP leader and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma.
While talking to the media after his election as BJP Legislative Party Leader in Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Yogi Adityanath said he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' slogan and exuded confidence that the state would march on the path of development.
"I am thankful to Governor Ram Naik who invited me to form government in UP," he said in his first brief media interaction at Raj Bhawan.
Adityanath, five time MP from Gorakhpur, said he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan "sab ka saath, sab ka vikas" (With all and development of all) and ensure all round development of the state.
"I am confident that the state will march on the path of development," he said.
He said his efforts would be to provide "good governance" in the state.
After reports appeared in the media that Yogi Adityanath has been nominated as Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur erupted in joy. Welcoming the decision, his supporters in the city rejoiced and burst crackers, expressing their happiness and excitement to celebrate the moment.
Yogi Adityanath's supporters were since last one week protesting with a demand to make him the state's chief minister.