The BJP has announced that Yogi Adityanath will be sworn in as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for a second term on Friday.
According to a senior party official, the ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and BJP national president JP Nadda are expected to attend the ceremony, according to news agency PTI, which cited sources.
Chief Ministers from other BJP-ruled states are expected to attend, as well as key figures from opposition parties, they claimed.
According to them, massive preparations for the function, which will include beneficiaries of government initiatives, have already begun.
Amit Shah and National Vice President Raghubar Das will be present as observers at the BJP legislature party meeting on Tuesday, where Adityanath will be formally elected as the party’s leader in the assembly.
There was no announcement on the size of Adityanath’s new government or the names of the ministers who will be appointed.
The BJP won a historic victory in the state elections last week, marking the first time in 37 years that a party has returned to power in India’s most politically important state.
In the 403-member assembly, the party won 255 members and its allies won 18 more. The vote total was 43 lower than in the previous elections, but the party’s vote share increased.
Its primary rival, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, gained 125 seats, up 73 from the previous election.
Yogi Adityanath was a member of the legislative council till he ran for and won the Gorakhpur Urban constituency in his maiden assembly election.
Following the BJP’s victory, Adityanath’s re-election as Chief Minister appeared to be the most certain of the four states the party maintained.
He’s met with the BJP’s central leadership in Delhi twice since then, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to discuss cabinet candidates and post-election strategy.