New Delhi- Days before the portfolio allocations of Narendra Modi’s third government, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Central ministers, including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari, in Delhi. This is Adityanath’s first head-on-faced with Amit Shah, which came after the declaration of results of the Lok Sabha elections. Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and 27 other MPs were administered the oath as Cabinet ministers Sunday during the swearing ceremony where chiefs of many countries and states of India were present in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Though the BJP failed to win the Rajasthan majority by 32 seats, they were successful in bagging 240 seats, which made them the single largest party in the Lok Sabha. Just last week, the NDA government was formed with BJP as the ruling party for the federal government with the help of other associates such as N Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar; the house has 272 viewpoints in total. After the new amendments, the NDA will have 293 members in the Lok Sabha, while the INDIA opposition will control 234 seats. The increase in the vote share of the BJP and its allies in Uttar Pradesh is far from what it used to be a few years ago; despite Uttar Pradesh being its stronghold, the BJP could only manage 33 seats in the 2024 elections as against over 60 in the 2019 elections.

Yogi Adityanath, instrumental in the BJP’s campaign in UP in 2022, had a rude wake-up call to face some unexpected outcomes. However, Akhilesh Yadav’s SP, with 37 Lok Sabha seats, was a clear winner in the state, and the BJP had erred with exit polls again. Earlier this year, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal mooted the idea that Adityanath’s change could occur in Modi-Shah’s return to power.

After the oath of office was taken on Sunday, the buzz grew louder when BJP decided JP Nadda seized the ministry post as Cabinet minister, leaving the people to ponder a possible declaration for the party’s new president at next year’s general meeting.