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I had only one pair of clothes when Shah asked me to take over as UP CM: Yogi

LUCKNOW: yogi in his first public appearance as Uttar Pradesh chief minister said he was surprised when a day before the swearing in he was told to take over as UP CM. The chief minister was speaking at Yog Mahotsav 2017 organized by Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali Yog Mission along with 15 other organisations at Indira Gandhi Pratisthan in Lucknow. Besides Swami Ramdev, present on the occasion were Acharya Bharat Bhusan and many senior ministers including housing minister Suresh Khanna. “BJP president Amit Shah told me that I have to go to UP tomorrow,” the CM said and added: “I told him, I have come from UP just now.” Shah then revealed that he had to take over as UP CM the next day, Yogi said. He further added that he was confused as he had only one pair of clothes. “I thought if I reject the proposal, I would be seen as one running away from the responsibility… I then said ok. After all, even if a Yogi wears a loincloth stole and walks on the streets, he would be treated as one yogi,” the chief minister said. “I have travelled from street to assembly in UP, have asked for bhiksha in temples and ‘mutts’, hence I know UP very well,” Yogi said and added that he would ensure that as UP CM he would follow the direction shown by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Showering praises on the Narendra Modi, the chief minister said that one thing that he has learnt from the Prime Minister is to remain positive. It has been just one week and the government has taken a few small decisions, Yogi said and added that for the interest of the 22 crore people of the state, the government would not hesitate in taking bigger decisions. Thanking Swami Ramdev for organizing Yoga Mahotsav 2017 in the state capital, the chief minister said that while Swami Ramdev took Yoga to every house, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be given credit for bringing international recognition to Yoga by ensuring an International Yoga Day on June 21.

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