BJP Names Hindutva Firebrand Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

On Saturday, Punjab’s newly-appointed Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had too made a decision to end hosting banquets at state expense in a bid to end VIP culture in the state.

In attendance at his public oath-taking ceremony were Prime Minister Modi, senior cabinet members, BJP stalwarts – including Amit Shah, Advani and Joshi – and chief ministers of 11 states.

The same can not be said, however, for its choice of Yogi Adityanath to head the vast and populous state of UP – this looks more like a gamble.

But officials of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party said Adityanath, who will take charge on Sunday, was the appropriate leader for the state. Some analysts say Mr Modi chose a controversial sectarian as reward for his most ideological followers’ crucial grassroots help in the voting.

Sources said Yogi addressed party workers, telling them not to make any brash or thoughtless comments, and advised them to declare their known sources of income within a fortnight.

Long-time RSS activist Trivendra Singh Rawat was on Friday elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. It is often said that the road to Delhi or federal power in Indian politics runs through Uttar Pradesh.

After taking the oath as Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath in an informal meeting asked all the cabinet ministers to submit the details of their wealth.

This has meant however that a Hindu agenda has been stressed earlier in the life of the national BJP government than Modi seems to have intended.

Modi has projected a development agenda and has underlined this in recent statements. Though a little short on administrative experience, the Thakur sanyasin has two deputy CMs-the soft Dinesh Sharma, a Brahmin, and the OBC leader Keshav Maurya-to strengthen his hands and balance the caste arithmetic.

“Disturbance shouldn’t be created in the name of celebrations”, Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath said to them.

Born Ajay Mohan Bisht, Mr Adityanath studied mathematics before entering the Hindu clergy at the age of 21.

Hindu colour Mr Adityanath, who always dresses in the Hindu colour of saffron, is the head priest of Gorakhnath Mutt, a temple in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Or is the language of development, propagated via an unremitting stream of slogans, speeches and tweets by the Prime Minister and his top officials, actually a cover for Hindutva, an ideology that sees India as a Hindu nation?

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