Yogi Adityanath meets UP Governor, stakes claim to form govt.

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath on Saturday met Governor Ram Naik and staked claim to form the government in the state.

"Uttar Pradesh will be successful in establishing development and good governance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan of 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas'. I am grateful to the Governor for inviting us to form the government," Yogi Adityanath told the media here.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier in the day named Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, while Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma has been appointed as the deputy chief ministers of the state.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the oath taking ceremony would take place at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow in Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BHP president Amit Shah.

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)