Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday explained the reason behind picking Yogi Adityanath for the top job in India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh. Shah said that the decision of choosing priest-turned-politician for the Chief Minister’s post came as surprise for many because he had no prior administrative experience.
“Many people called me when Yogi made CM, people said Yogi had never even run a municipality (it was true), he was never a minister and you are making him CM of the biggest state? People said his administrative experience is almost zero,” the Union Minister said at the second ground breaking ceremony in Lucknow.
The BJP chief that the top leadership of the BJP was of the view that someone who is work-oriented and has a work ethic will overcome all such factors.
“That time the only thought of Narendra Modi and me, as party president, was that someone who is determined and capable of hard work will adapt to all situations. So we handed over UP's future in hands of Yogi ji. That decision was proven right by him,” he added.
Heaping praise on the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Shah said that Yogi had translated dreams into reality in a short period and congratulated him for improving the atmosphere in the state, including the law and order situation.
He also said that Uttar Pradesh was all set to play a major role in the country's economy.