It's official! Yogi Adityanath to be next UP CM

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Putting an end to all speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday named its senior party leader Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

He will take over as the 32nd state Chief Minister.

Supporters of Adityanath were seen shouting 'Yogi,Yogi' outside Lok Bhawan in the state capital.

Adityanath had flown to New Delhi earlier this morning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Adityanath, a five-time MP from the Gorakhpur constituency, was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at the age of 26.

Currently, Adityanath serves as the Mahant of Guru Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of Mahanth Aavaidyanath on September 12, 2014.

The other contenders in the race were Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union Minister Manoj Sinha, BJP leader Shrikant Sharma and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. (ANI)