Ten days after he took the oath of office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath moved into his official 5, Kalidas Marg, Lucknow residence.
Adityanath entered his residence at around noon today and proceeded to hold a Saraswati pooja after offering prayers at a Ram-Krishna temple. Notably, a cow was present in the premises at the time of the pooja. Before the pooja, all leather items, including sofas and other furniture, were moved out of the chief minister's bungalow and even Adityanath's bed has been replaced by a wooden bed. THE DAY AHEAD After the pooja, Adityanath plans to meet with yoga guru and entrepreneur Baba Ramdev, who will be the first guest the Uttar Pradesh chief minister entertains at his official residence. The duo is expected to meet between 2 pm and 4 pm, after which the bungalow will play host to a 'falahaar' (fructivore) party. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Ramdev and members of Yogi Adityanath's cabinet, among other dignitaries, are expected to be present at the event, which will begin at around 6 pm. A spread of fruits will be served to the guests in copper or leaf-based plates and the meal will begin with sweet lassi served in earthen cups (kulhads). The falahaar meal, which will include papaya, apple, banana, grapes and pomegranate among other fruits, will end with a glass of milk. Guests, however, won't go back home on hungry stomach, as a full-course vegetarian meal will also be offered later in the night. PROMISES OF SAB KA SAATH SAB KA VIKAAS Adityanath, known for his fiery pro-Hindutva speeches, has seemingly toned down his rhetoric since taking office. His appointment as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister surprised many and the Bharatiya Janata Party spent quite a few days after its massive win in the Uttar Pradesh polls to settle on a CM candidate. Since coming to office, Adityanath has made several speeches promising that his government will work on development and rooting out corruption for all. Some of his critics, however, haven't been impressed and maintain that him being the Uttar Pradesh's chief minister is indicative of the BJP's pro-Hindutva stand.