Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Elevation of Adityanath surprises most, disappoints some in his party

Elevation of Adityanath surprises most, disappoints some in his party

Earlier in the day, the BJP named Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister while Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma have been appointed as the deputy chief ministers of the state.

After intense speculation on who will be the next Uttar Pradesh, firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath was finally picked by the BJP leadership to lead India's most populous state.

"We will stand by our words (promise of BJP before election)", he said. It was interesting to see that Union Minister Kalraj Mishra (senior most Brahmin leader) was specially invited to the legislature party meeting to "bless" the chief minister designate and his deputies.

Adityanath, a Thakur, was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at the age of 26.

Adityanath will take oath as UP Chief Minister on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the past, has largely remained silent on hate speeches made by his party members, including some by the Yogi. An organisation run by Adityanath, the Hindu Yuva Vahini, has been accused of communal riots several times over the past three decades.

Reacting to the decision of BJP selecting Yogi Adityanath as UP Chief Minister, incumbent MLA Langate Er Rasheed has termed it as the darkest phase of UP history. His words couldn't sound more hollow to a vast mass of people in Uttar Pradesh and way beyond.

The verdict given by people in Uttar Pradesh March 2017 was no different. "Terrorism - wrong. Hindus hitting back at Muslims for terrorism - right".

The party's overwhelming victory came as a surprise even to its supporters because they were not expecting such a crushing defeat for its rivals in a state where every fifth person is a Muslim.

Calling himself the next Narendra Modi, Adityanath has repeatedly threatened to turn Gorakhpur into Godhra and UP into Gujarat.

"The mandate is for development, good governance and against caste politics".

- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 17, 2017#FLASH BJP's legislature party meet will be held in Lucknow on 18 March; Venkaiah Naidu & Bhupendra Yadav to attend. BJP has become a common man's party. Adityanath's mentor and father figure mahant Avaidyanath had a Hindu Mahasabha lineage before he joined the BJP.

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