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Avoid brash talk, Yogi Adityanath says to workers after swearing-in

LUCKNOW: Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath began his innings as chief minister of UP with a promise not to discriminate against any section of the people of the country’s largest state.

Adityanath, his two deputies, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and 44 ministers took oath of office in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and several invitees at the sprawling Smriti Upvan in Lucknow on Sunday.

Shah’s imprimatur was palpable in the selection of his confidantes, Shrikant Sharma, Siddharth Nath Singh and Dinesh Sharma, who had taken charge of Shah’s ambitious membership campaign. Maurya, too, is a Shah favourite: he was given a Lok Sabha ticket and made UP BJP chief ignoring many claims.

However, home minister Rajnath Singh’s son, Pankaj Singh, failed to find place in the ministry, even as the grandson of former CM Kalyan Singh and the son of Lalji Tandon made the cut.

Sandeep Singh got a minister of state rank, while Ashutosh Tandon has been made cabinet minister.

All “outsiders” were brought in and nominated at the instance of Shah, and all are ministers now.

 Both Shrikant Sharma and Sidharth Nath Singh were office-bearers in the central BJP and are first-time MLAs . At a press conference, the CM promised a regime that would never engage in discrimination amid concerns about the orientation of his saffron regime.

He also pledged to fulfil all election promises in the spirit of “sabka saath, sabka vikas”.

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