Lucknow: It was interesting to watch how warmly Samajwadi Party Patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted each other at the oath taking ceremony of Yogi Adityanath who became the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh today.
PM Modi even had a brief chat with Mulayam Singh Yadav and outgoing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Sunday.
While both Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh mingled with BJP leaders on the dais, when Modi arrived, he met a few BJP leaders and took a chair next to Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath.
After the ceremony in which 44 ministers were sworn in, Modi got up and waved to the thousands gathered to witness the return of the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the state after a gap of 14 years.
As Modi was about to leave, Mulayam Singh rushed towards him and patted him on the back.
Modi immediately smiled and warmly shook Mulayam Singh’s hands. The Yadav chieftain then took Modi to his son Akhilesh Yadav.
The Prime Minister patted the back of the former Chief Minister.
Mulayam Singh then whispered something into Modi’s ear after which the Prime Minister broke into a hearty laugh. BJP President Amit Shah briefly joined them.