A rare incident happened in Lok Sabha on March 20 when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up a question for newly elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. The Speaker said, “Question Number 241 – Shri Yogi Adityanath — not present”, when an issue was raised on his name in the house.
Known for his regular attendance in the house, the BJP MP from Gorakhpur was absent due to his new role as UP Chief Minister.
Speaking on behalf of CM Adityanath in the house, Minister of States for Oil & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Madam Speaker, the first question for today had been asked by Yogi Adityanathji and I have given a detailed replied to it.”
The members of the House congratulated CM Adityanath on becoming the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Pradhan further said, “I congratulate Adityanathji on my behalf as well as on behalf of the House on becoming the Chief Minister of UP.”
A Trinamool Congress leader, Saugata Roy also acknowledgement him and said “I want to ask a supplementary to Yogi Adityanathji’s question. It is nice that even while he is not here, he is amongst us through this question”.
After the BJP’s (Bhartiya Janata Party) historic win in UP, the announcement for the coveted post of Chief
Minister was much awaited. The party is back in the state after 15-years by winning 312 seats in the recently held assembly elections.