Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:02:20 GMT

Akhilesh Yadav becomes UP''s youngest CM

Lucknow, Mar 15 (PTI) Akhilesh Yadav, who played a major role in revival of SP''s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh and helped it get absolute majority, was today sworn in as the 33rd UP Chief Minister, along with 19 cabinet ministers and 28 ministers of state.

Akhilesh, son of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, at 38 will be the youngest Chief Minister of the country''s most populous state.

The function, held at La Martinere College ground here, was attended by members of SP''s first family including Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh''s wife Dimple, Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress leader Motilal Vohra, Jaya Bachchan, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI leader A B Bardhan and industrialists Anil Ambani and Subrata Roy Sahara.

As representatives of BSP supremo and former CM Mayawati, ex-cabinet ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Swami Prasad Maurya were also present.

Shortly after being sworn in, Akhilesh, a post-graduate in environmental engineering from Australia, said the first meeting of his cabinet will be held in the evening to take important decisions.

"Samajwadi Party will fulfill promises made in the manifesto. Law and order will be our responsibility from today. Action would be taken against officers doing injustice," he told reporters here.

Attacking the Mayawati government, Akhilesh said, "Organised corruption as happened in the previous regime never took place in the state. There were restrictions during the previous government and UP is now celebrating democracy."
Besides being the youngest chief minister, Akhilesh is the first chief minister, whose father Mulayam Singh Yadav had held the post thrice.

Akhilesh had successfully spearheaded the SP campaign during assembly elections in which the party got absolute majority winning 224 seats in the 403-strong House. (More) PTI ABN AVA PG

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