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Azam Khan refrains from commenting on UP CM announcement

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Soon after the (BJP) leader was announced as the Chief Minister, (SP) leader showed disinterest in the matter and said that he is no one to comment on either the former or the saffron party.

"People should respect the democracy of the state; whichever party wins it is their decision to decide who should further rule as Chief Minister. We are no one to comment on it," told ANI.

Resonating similar views, the Congress leader Randeep Surjewala congratulated Yogi Adityanath, saying that he hopes the would concentrate more on fulfilling promises.

"Wishing the new well, I hope it will now rise above rival claims for share of power and concentrate upon fulfilling promises. Also prerogative to choose Chief Minister has always been of ruling party, delay reflects bitter conflict to share spoils of power despite majority," Surjewala told ANI.

Earlier in the day, the named as the next Chief Minister while Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma have 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 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Amit Shah.

Adityanath had flown to 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 chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union Minister Manoj Sinha, BJP leader Shrikant Sharma and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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First Published: Sat, March 18 2017. 22:32 IST