Yogi Adityanath is UP CM LIVE: Will pressure of governance have sobering effect on Hindutva hardliner?

The BJP on Saturday elected five-time Gorakhpur Lok Sabha MP Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindutva leader, as the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister

FP Staff March 19, 2017 11:55:13 IST
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Yogi Adityanath is UP CM LIVE: Will pressure of governance have sobering effect on Hindutva hardliner?


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Who is Yogi Adityanath: Meet the CM designate of Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath is a five-time Member of the Parliament from Gorakhpur constituency. He has represented the constituency in the Lok Sabha since 1998. His style of politics is popular in the Gorakhpur belt and he is notoriously famous for his 'ghar wapsi' and 'love jihad' campaigns.

Born on 5 June, 1972, in Panchur district of Uttarakhand, his father, Mahant Avaidyanath Maharaj, too was a religious leader. He graduated from HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand with a B.Sc degree.

Before he joined politics, he was a religious missionary and is the founder the Hindu Yuva Vahini

16:16 (ist)

'RSS wants say in deciding UP CM'

According to a report in NDTV, the news website has learnt from its sources that the Rashtriya Swayam Sangh, the mothership of the saffron party, has pressed in at the last moment to have its say in picking UP CM.

The news report also said that the BJP national president Amit Shah has been in touch with the RSS leadership and has briefed the right-wing establishment about the top names being considered in the race.


Mar 19, 2017 - 12:06 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath asked for two deputy CMs, says Venkaiah Naidu

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:58 (IST)

Opposition parties spar with BJP over Yogi Adityanath's appointment

Congress leader Veerappa Moily called it the "biggest assault" on secularism, although the party's official reaction was tempered with caution, saying it will act as "watchdog of people's interest". The BJP, however, stood behind Yogi, notwithstanding his strident pro-Hindutva credentials, insisting he stands for development. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said UP will benefit a lot from his "competent leadership" and will soon become 'Uttam Pradesh'. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the lone Muslim minister in the Narendra Modi government, defended BJP's choice of Adityanath, saying he will work for the party's "inclusive growth" agenda.


Mar 19, 2017 - 11:54 (IST)

Hard Hindutva to the fore but will pressure of governance be a sobering influence on Adityanath?

The selection of the Mahant of Gorakhnath Math as Uttar Pradesh chief minister makes one thing clear: BJP's politics in the state would revolve around hardline Hindutva in the coming days. The choice of the party's top decision-makers has to be deliberate and well-considered. Yogi Adityanath is not likely to be the one to play the soft Hindutva tune after assuming power. But he has to deliver on development too, and too much social tension won't work well for his government. This could sober him down a lot. How he balances both would be keenly watched.

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:23 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath says sabka saath, sabka vikas: Why it does not impress many 

I will follow Modi's mantra 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', said Yogi Adityanath after being chosen by the party to be chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Why aren't many cheering the statement? Well, his track record as a Hindutva firebrand could be a bit unsettling for even those who have weakness for the Hindutva ideology. It is natural for them to be wary of someone who has no qualms about being unabashedly combative when it comes to religion. For those not in the know, he suggested that those who don't practice yoga should leave Hindustan. And those averse to doing suryanamaskar should jump into the sea. Of course, his hard views on the Muslim community are well-known. So when someone like him talks of sabka saath, sabka vikas it has to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Mar 19, 2017 - 10:31 (IST)

By appointing Yogi Adityanath as UP CM, BJP has made its boldest ideological statement

For the first time, it is clear that the BJP is not being surreptitious about its ideological agenda. If it is branded as a hard core Hindutva party, so be it. No apologies required. It's confident that it can accommodate it with its development agenda without a conflict. This could have come from the renewed confidence from the mandate in the state where it mixed Hindu polarisation and issues of development with ease. The results told it that it can take along both. This could be the party's template for all future elections in states across the country.

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Mar 19, 2017 - 10:16 (IST)

Narendra Modi, BJP have sold us a Hindutva dummy in the name of vikas

It is difficult to see how Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to achieve his goal of inclusive development for all by giving the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's chair to a bigoted Hindutva hardliner who has made a career out of inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric. This isn't just legitimising the loony Right, but also telling Muslims that they are unwelcome in a state where they form nearly 20 percent of the population.

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Mar 18, 2017 - 22:42 (IST)

Adityanath as UP CM part of Modi's 'New India' vision: Owaisi

Yogi Adityanath's elevation as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is part of Narendra Modi's vision of a "new India", AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said on Saturday, taking a jibe at the decision.

​Owasi, a firebrand Muslim leader, said he was the least surprised by the decision.

This is an assault on India's age-old "ganga jamuni tehzeeb" -- a fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures, he said.

"This is Modiji and BJP's new India. But this is not at all surprising. The Samajwadi Party cheated the Muslims when it was in power. And now we will see a model of exclusivist development. This is the 'vikas' they talk about," Owaisi told PTI.

While Owaisi was vocal on the issue, another prominent Muslim leader, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari took a guarded approach, hoping Adityanath would shed his controversial past.

"I welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi's post-election statement that a government has to be run through consensus, not majority. I hope the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh will follow these words. Hope the controversies will remain a thing of the past," Bukhari said.


Mar 18, 2017 - 21:57 (IST)

Mar 18, 2017 - 21:55 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath's appointment show's BJP's true colour: BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadauria

BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadauria has said that the controversial leader's appointment as CM-designate has finally revealed BJP's true colours. Alleging the saffron party of practicing divisive politics, Bhadauria said that the move shows that the BJP has finally given up all pretense of being a development oriented party. 

Mar 18, 2017 - 21:49 (IST)

Congress reacts to Yogi Adityanath's appointment, says 3 power centre's in UP govt show in-fight in BJP

Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has tweeted out the party's official statement, which lists out several of BJP's poll promises. The Congress statement also states that it will continue to be a watchdog for the people, while expressing hope that the new government will rise above everything and work for UP's development.

The BJP on Saturday elected Gorakhpur Lok Sabha MP Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindutva leader, as the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister in a meeting of the newly-elected 312 party legislators in Lucknow, party state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said.

Maurya said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party meeting also decided to have two deputy chief ministers — Maurya, and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma.

"Yogi Adityanath is the chief minister," Maurya told reporters, after the meeting in Lucknow. "I am thankful for the decision. Dinesh Sharma and I are the deputy chief ministers," the BJP leader said, adding people's "welfare is the priority" for the new government in Uttar Pradesh.

Adityanath's name was proposed by BJP leader Suresh Khanna and supported by Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu. "It was a consensus decision," said Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, who was also in the race for the post.

Known for his firebrand Hindutva image, the 44-year-old leader comes from the Rajput community and is the head of the Gorakhnath Mutt, which has millions of followers from eastern UP and neighbouring Nepal. He has been elected as the Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur uninterrupted from 1998.

A science graduate, Adityanath is popular for his fiery speeches among his supporters but has antagonised minorities by his statements like "Love Jihad" and "Ghar Wapasi".

This is for the first time that the state will have two deputy chief ministers.

BJP sources told IANS that this has been done to balance caste aspirations since now there is a Rajput as chief minister and an MBC and a Brahmin face as deputy CMs.

With inputs from IANS

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