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"Best wishes for serving UP", Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

A group of 200-odd saffron-clad monks chanted "Jai Shri Ram" after every word of the oath that Adityanath uttered, creating a surcharged atmosphere and perhaps providing a glimpse of how the state might be run over the next five years.

But the BJP faced criticism for choosing a leader who has propagated converting India, a multi-faith country, into a Hindu nation.

"This place where Yogiji lives (Gorakhnath Math) is like the Vatican", Mahant Manvendra told The Telegraph over the phone.

Trivendra Rawat will be sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the hill state today. Meanwhile, who would become the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is still not confirmed.

"At the same time, this is a very big test for Modi", he noted.

However, it is also the country's most politically important state because it sends the most number of MPs - 80 - to the federal Parliament.

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While on the one hand, BJP seems to have made a reasonable choice with the reappointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa CM, the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the CM (possibly to ensure the fulfilment of the Ramrajya dream) of Uttar Pradesh sets the party at least 20 steps back into the dark ages.

Besides Modi, others who attended the function included Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, LK Advani, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Decimated in UP elections, Mayawati has been accusing the BJP of tampering with EVMs to register a win.

Swatantradev Singh, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhri, Swati Singh, Dr. Mahendra Kumar Singh, Anugma Jaiswal, Suresh Rana and Upendra Tiwari took oath as ministers with independent charges.

"This needs to be read in the context of the fact that the BJP did not give even a single ticket to Muslim candidates in the whole of Uttar Pradesh", he said.

Senior party leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was the central observer at the Legislature Party meeting, said it was a watershed moment for the BJP and it has become a common man's party. He got elected as President of Students' Union in BHU in 1982.

The influence of the RSS, the BJP's ideological parent, is clear in the choice of chief ministers in the two neighbouring states of UP and Uttarakhand, both swept by the BJP in this year's assembly election.

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