Central ruling party BJP came out with a new suspense at Uttar Pradesh new chief minister. The 44-year-old hard line Hindutva activist Yogi Adityanath is to become new CM of UP. Yogi Adityanath will take Oath as UP Chief Minister today and will have two Deputies.
Yogi Adityanatha a Member of Parliament or even the head of the powerful Gorakhnath peeth which wields powerful influence in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Adityanath heads the 15-year-old Hindu Yuva Vahini, which describes itself as a socio-cultural organization, but has been involved in several incidents of violence in the past.
In 2007, members of the outfit set afire the Mumbai-Gorakhpur Godan Express after Mr. Adityanath was arrested in a case registered in Gorakhpur.
Yogi Adityanath is new CM of Uttar Pradesh
Yogi Adityanath, a five-time parliamentarian seen as the BJP’s hardline Hindutva face, is no stranger to controversies. While his speech to the BJP MLAs after being elected their leader on Saturday was about development, his Hindutva image and mass support is the qualities for which he has been chosen, senior party leaders say.
Apart from the violence after his arrest in 2007, he compared film star Shah Rukh Khan to terrorist Hafiz Saeed during the debate on intolerance that had broken out in 2015, as well as demanding, again in 2015, that those who opposed the Surya Namaskar in Yoga could leave for Pakistan.