Reactions on the social media have started pouring in after reports surfaced about Yogi Adityanath, the controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva, to become the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh where the BJP came into power after 15 years political wilderness.
The BJP won three-fourths majority in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly unseating the Akhilesh Yadav Government that was routed even after stitching a coalition with the Congress.
Keshav Maurya, Dinesh Sharma to be Adityanath’s deputies.
Everybody was taken aback after reports were splashed on the national television that the 44-year-old five-term MP from Gorakhpur was elected the BJP legislature party leader at a meeting of the newly elected MLAs.
While reacting on the development, Navid Hamid, president of Muslim umbrella organisation of India Mushawarat, wrote on his social media timeline: “I welcome #YogiAdityanath coronation as UP #CM as am confident these type of #BJP actions would only bring #INQUILAB.”
Born on June 5 1972, Adityanath became the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26 from Gorakhpur.
In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a purification drive which involved the conversion of Christians to Hinduism. In one such instance, 1,800 Christians were reportedly converted to Hinduism in the town of Etah in UP, according to PTI report.
He is well known for making anti-Muslim statements, reported IE.
With Adityanath on his side, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said: “This is a historic win. This is a watershed moment for BJP…BJP has become a common man’s party. UP message is very clear and it is that country wants to move with Modi.
“Mandate is for development, mandate is against corruption, against black money…This mandate is against caste politics, religous politics and vote bank politics.”
It is reported that he is to be sworn-in as the chief minister on Sunday in an event to be most probably attended by top BJP’s leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the media reported.