Raman Singh Touches His 20 Years Junior Yogi Adityanath's Feet

Raman Singh Touches His 20 Years Junior Yogi Adityanath

Raman Singh Touches His 20 Years Junior Yogi Adityanath's Feet 

New Delhi: Raman Singh, the Chief Minister of Chattisgarh had filed papers today to contest next month's state election with his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath by his side. The 66 year old Mr Singh, then touched the feet of Adityanath, who is 20 years younger then him.

The three-time Chhattisgarh chief minister has several years of political experience on Yogi Adityanath.  In the early 1970s Raman Singh had joined the BJP's precursor Bharatiya Jan Sangh when he was a student and became the president of its youth wing in 1976-77. While the Uttar Pradesh's CM was born in 1972.

After Pawan Kumar Chamling of Sikkim, Pu Lalthanhawla of Mizoram and Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, Raman Singh is the fourth longest-serving chief minister in India who is still in office.

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The 46 year old Yogi Adityanath has completed a little over one-and-a-half years as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The Gorakhnath temple's head priest, the saffron-robed Chief Minister is used to people far senior deferring to him.

During President Ram Nath Kovind's swearing in, a number of BJP leaders were reported to have touched his feet. A picture of Mr Kovind bowing before Yogi Adityanath had also surfaced.

Both the CM's addressed a rally in Rajnandgaon, the constituency where Raman Singh plans to contest and had won the seat in 2008 and 2013. The Congress Candidate, Karuna Shukla, who is the niece of BJP patriarch and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be the main rival.

Along with 17 other constituencies, Rajnandgaon will vote in the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh on November 12. The remaining 72 seats in the state will vote on November 20. December 11, will be the date of result announcement.

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