It was a landslide victory for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh—they did it in 2014 general assembly elections and repeated the thunderous wave in 2017 by winning a whopping 312 seats in the 403-seat state. Now the big question was: Who’s the man to spearhead a state as huge as Uttar Pradesh?
With the names ranging from UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya to firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh to Union Telecom Minister and Ghazipur MP Manoj Sinha and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, there were a plethora of options, but at the end there were just the three whose name was proposed at the meeting of the newly-elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Lucknow.
The meeting, which was presided over by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav on the eve of March 18, saw Yogi Adityanath get appointed as the Chief Minister designate while Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were named the two deputy CMs.
Well, we know this surprised an awful lot of you. Yeah, that’s right! And more so, the Twitteratis were very keen to react.
— Sandeep Adhwaryu (@CartoonistSan) March 18, 2017
— Phd in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) March 18, 2017
Gotta give him that!
Those criticizing #YogiAdityanath as Chief Minister of UP will be the ones appreciating him after Modi is done with his speech tomorrow.
That’s some advice!
— Aritra Chatterjee (@chatterjeeshow) March 18, 2017
Deep or derp?
JNU may shift campus to UP. #YogiAdityanath
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) March 18, 2017
One hell of a transformation!
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 18, 2017