Yogi Adityanath is one of the most straightforward and outspoken leaders in the country. He takes no half-measures when it comes about the pride of Hinduism and Hindus. He is revered all across the Eastern Uttar Pradesh for standing behind the Hindus and working for their welfare. He has never shied away from making strong and bold statements, and is always politically incorrect. He is one of the rare leaders who speaks about the threats faced by Hindu societies, be it Islamic extremism, love jihad, caste-based division to name a few.
Recently, in a program on Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, a reporter from India TV asked him about the polarization in Gorakhpur. The reporter starts with calling him anti-Muslim and asks, “In Gorakhpur, you have forcefully changed name of Ali Nagar to Arya Nagar, Miyanpur to Mayapur, Urdu Bazaar to Hindi Bazaar….. What is this going on ? Do you have any place for Muslims in your heart ?”
While most of the leaders would have come on backfoot, Yogi Adityanath replied in the most epic way. He proudly acknowledged it and said he will continue with erasing all the memories of invaders in order to restore the glory of Hinduism. He replied, “Your information is incomplete. We’ve also changed name of Humayunpur to Hanumanpur, Islampur to Ishwarpur….we’ve done it and we’ll do it more. I am not ashamed to admit it. We will do whatever it takes to strengthen our identity. There is nothing bad in it.”
When he was further asked about why does he alienate Muslims from his agenda of development, he silenced the reporter once again, drawing applause from the audience. Yogi ji said that the agenda of development is always inclusive. His main focus is on roads, hospitals, social schemes and infrastructure..and these do not differentiate people based on religion or caste. He was quick to comment, “I have campaigned for AIIMS in Gorakhpur and have successfully got it. Will the AIIMS in Gorakhpur only benefit the Hindus ? Will the highways be used only by Hindus ?” He even asked the people to come to his trust in Gorakhpur , where the number of Muslims who get free food or shelter , many times, is more than the Hindus and there is no differentiation.