Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Watch: What happened when Yogi-Akhilesh came face to face in assembly

When Yogi Adityanath meets Akhilesh Yadav? Well, its a theme for paparazzi—the whole country would be waiting breathlessly for what could transpire between the king and his fiercest rival. 

As it happened, the two came face to face in the UP assembly today. 

A video shared by news agency ANI showed Yogi Adityanath and Yadav, shaking hands on the floor of the House before the chief minister patted Samajwadi Party leader on the back and moved on. 

The two leaders were among the 403 winners in these polls who took oath as legislators today. Both of them are first-time MLAs.

Chief Minister Adityanath had given up his Lok Sabha stronghold Gorakhpur when he took over the top post. During his last term, he was a member of the legislative council. Yadav, on the other hand, resigned as MP from Azamgarh after winning in the Karhal Assembly seat.

The run-up to the elections saw a caustic war of words between the two leaders. In one of the remarks that made headlines, Yadav referred to the Chief Minister as “Baba Bulldozer” – a swipe at his government’s anti-eviction drives. Adityanath pulled no punches either. Taking a swipe, he said Yadav will remain a “babua” – meaning he will always be juvenile and childish.

In this election, results for which were declared on March 10, the BJP retained power by winning 273 seats along with its allies. Yogi Adityanath became the first Chief Minister in 37 years to retain his seat.

Yadav’s party finished a distant second, winning 111 seats in the 403-member assembly.

The Samajwadi Party’s 111 legislators have unanimously elected him as the leader of the legislature party, paving the way for him to lead the Opposition inside the assembly.

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