Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: Uma Bharti expresses delight
Adityanath's appointment indicates that BJP is interested in developing another rung of Thakur leadership - a caste that decides elections in several states.
"With the choice of a very communal, Hindutva champion like Yogi Adityanath, the BJP is going to pursue a policy of clear polarisation, which will effectively mean the consolidation of a hardline Hindutva ideology not just in Uttar Pradesh but in the country", Jha told IANS.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself in contention for the top job, first announced Adityanath's election.
His trip to Lucknow is scheduled for March 19 when the new government will be sworn in, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.
The CM also cautioned all the ministers against making any irresponsible statements that could lead to a controversy or hurt sentiments of anybody in the state. After the landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, there were questions within the party about whether a hardliner should be made the chief minister.
Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the decision sent out an "unambiguous" message that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is pursuing the policy of polarisation.
Accusing the previous governments of being responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the state, Adityanath said work will be done to make development agriculture-based as it is main source of income.
Defending the lack of Yogi Adityanath's administrative experience, members of his Lucknow unit of the Hindu Yuva Vahini said in Gorakhpur he administers a temple, many hospitals and colleges. In last one-year, since the BJP started its campaigning for UP polls, the party didn't name a chief ministerial candidate and 24 hours ago the party revealed the name of Yogi Adityanath. "Investment will be promoted for industrial development and it will be done for economic development", Adityanath added.