Finally, the mystery surrounding the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh comes to an end. After a week long deliberations, brain storming and intensive discussions with all the stakeholders, Yogi Adityanath has been appointed as the new chief minister of the Uttar Pradesh, where BJP won a landslide victory by winning 324 out 403 seats in the assembly.

In last one week, various names have been emerging in the media and social media. The major contenders for the coveted throne in Lucknow were Manoj Sinha, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Yogi Adityanath, Dinesh Sharma and Suresh Khanna. The names of BJP stalwarts like Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Amit Shah were also taken by media houses at regular intervals. However, the parliamentary board of the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah finalized the name of Yogi Adityanath for the 37th chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Yogi Adityanath, a Hindutva icon, is a five time Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur and is no-nonesense leader who enjoys a massive popularity in the eastern UP. He is widely respected among all the Hindutva supporters. Adityanath is the Mahant or head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of his spiritual “father,” Mahant Avaidyanath in September 2014. He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth who seek to provide rightist Hindu platform.

Yogi Adityanath has always raised his voice very strongly against issues like exodus of Hindus from Kairana, Love Jihad, triple talaq in Muslim society and has advocated the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The media and liberals consider him a divisive figure. However, he has said that he just raises the issues without being “politically correct”. In many interviews leading to the UP elections, he has assured that his sole agenda is DEVELOPMENT. He has regularly stated that for him development means inclusive and no community can be excluded based on their religion or caste.


Kshitij Mohan

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