When asked to comment on allegations of Yogi Adityanath being a polarizing figure, Ahmed said, “He is a five-time MP”.
Some party leaders, though, wondered whether the RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor, was in a position to exert pressure on the Prime Minister after the sweep in Uttar Pradesh. Advani and Joshi hardly ever attended any such function in the recent past. The yogi’s speeches are known to be incendiary and provocative.
Adityanath was credited for aiding the BJP in winning 325 of 403 of the Uttar Pradesh’s seats during the state’s recent elections. This is the only temple in the country from where Mathadheesh enjoys reverence as far as in adjoining Nepal. Besides, the Yogi has repeatedly reiterated that he has no quarrel with people of any religion, but was opposed to those who spoke and worked against the nation.
Bose said people will watch carefully to see how Adityanath conducts himself as Chief Minister. BJP has now left no doubts about its aggressive pursuit of the Hindutva agenda.
After his election, Yogi Adityanath along with his senior colleagues from the BJP went to Raj Bhavan to officially stake claim.
The question continues to haunt a number of BJP leaders, even after the firebrand Gorakhpur MP took command of India’s politically most crucial State, where the BJP has returned to power after a long gap of 15 years.
He will be sworn in tomorrow at a ceremony at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan at 2.15 PM where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will be present.
It must be noted that Yogi is a sorted after leader in the state and is the second most sought after campaigner after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In 2015, after Khan complained of growing “extreme intolerance” in India, Adityanath said the Muslim actor was “speaking the same language of [terrorist leader] Hafiz Saeed”. Outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was among those on stage with his father and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh.
The party has designated two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, in a bid to balance the caste dynamics but many say that may not be enough.
“At the same time, this is a very big test for Modi”, he noted.
In the just-concluded assembly elections, the BJP stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh, securing a three-fourth majority and demolishing rivals SP-Congress and BSP. Had he not been made deputy chief minister, he would have got a heart attack.