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New Delhi, March 18, 2017: Yogi Adityanath, the five-time parliamentarian, and the ascetic Hindutva face is the new Cheif Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He will be seen taking oath along with his ministers tomorrow at 2.15 pm tomorrow at Lucknow’s Smriti upvan complex near the Ambedkar memorial.

Here is what you need to know about the fiery Hindutva Leader, Yogi Adityanath, The Cheif Minister of Uttar Pradesh-

  • Reincarnation of Yogi Adityanath from Ajay Singh

RSS functionaries introduced Ajay Singh (Yogi) to the mahant of Gorakhshanath Temple. Ajay accompanied mahant to Gorakhpur and served him with full devotion. Happy with his meticulous servings to the temple, Ajay was given Guru Diksha on February 15, 1994, and was rechristened to Yogi Adityanath.

  • Full timer in Akhil Bhartiya Vidhya Parishad in college days

He is BSc in Maths from HNB university, Srinagar in Uttrakhand. He was actively involved in RSS and also appeared to be a full-timer in ABVP.

  • Founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini

Hindu Yuva Vahini is a Hindu Youth group who seek to provide a Hindu rightist platform through social, cultural and political activities. The youth activists set ablaze train protesting the arrest of Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur district jail.

  • Social Initiatives by Yogi Adityanath

Yogi had provided the hostel for socially and economically weaker and backward children. He also worked for mass-awakening against religious and social conventions. Furthermore, he has worked for continuing health facilities to rural areas.

  • Ostensible conversion of Christianity to Hinduism

In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a binding purification which implicated the conversion of Christians to Hinduism.

  • Antagonistic Relations with BJP

For almost 10 years the relationship between Adityanath and BJP was in discord. BJP was not receptive to the considerable influence of Yogi in the eastern UP. The year 2007 Uttar Pradesh saw a clash between BJP and Adityanath. Yogi fielded his loyalist against BJP under the banner of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha.

  • Allegations on Pakistan

“The Pathankot attack has once against proved that Satan could change for the better but Pakistan cannot.” – quoted Adityanath on the aftermath of an assault on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

  • Retaliation to SRK’s Intolerance remark on the nation

Yogi Adityanath compared SRK with 26/11 terrorist Hafiz Sayed on stating the country intolerant. Yogi proclaimed that if the majority community were to boycott his films, Shah Rukh would have to ramble the streets like a common Muslim.

  • Yogi counterattack to those opposing SURYA NAMASKAR

The firebrand Hindutva leader reprimanded those who want to oppose Surya Namaskar can ‘leave Hindustan’. According to him, Lord Shankar was the biggest Yogi and those wanting to Yoga as well as Lord Shankar should stroll down the sea.

  • Vituperative on Muslim Women avenging forcible conversion of Hindu Women

Yogi Adityanath exhorted Hindu men to marry 100 Muslim women if one Hindu woman is forcibly converted to Islam. “The way Hindu Women are insulted is a shame and if the government doesn’t do anything, Hindus will take the matter into their own hands”, Yogi once quoted in an interview.

  • Campaign for Cow Protection and promotion

Yogi launched a campaign for declaring Cow as Rashtra Mata contending that it bolsters sentiments of every Indian.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94


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Is UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath losing his shine?

His failure to deliver on his promise to get all pot-holed roads fixed by a given deadline last year; the rollback -- under pressure -- in privatisation of the power sector in five cities

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. IANS

Is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — in power for just over a year — fast losing his lustre?

Many here feel so.

A litany of complaints about his public conduct, his behaviour with colleagues as well as common people is fast eroding the aura he had built up as the five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur who was catapulted to the Chief Minister’s office of a socially diverse and politically volatile state of 220 million people.

Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.
Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.

Last week, 24-year-old Ayush Bansal shocked many when he broke down in front of media in Gorakhpur and disclosed how the monk-turned-Chief Minister mocked him during a “junta darbaar” where he had gone to complain about a land-grab case in which independent legislator from Nautanwa, Amanmani Tripathi, was involved.

He also accused the Chief Minister of calling him “awaraa” (wayward) and pushing him while throwing his file in the air. “Maharaj ji angrily snapped at me and said my work will never be done and that I should get out of his sight,” Bansal told IANS.

While officials got down to damage control and said the matter was being looked into, the fact that Adityanath behaved in a manner unbecoming of a Chief Minister was neither contradicted by officials nor denied by the ruling party.

Barely had the din over this episode died down when two MPs of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained of similar behaviour. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP MP from Robertsganj Chhote Lal Kharwar, accused Adityanath of “scolding him and asking him to get out”. The MP said he was deeply pained at the behavior of the Chief Minister as he tried to draw his attention to issues faced by the party faithful.

In the picture, Yogi Adityanath addressing a rally at Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

“Never did the local administration listen to my plaints and when I went to meet the Chief Minister twice over many issues, ‘unhone mujhe daantkar bhaga diya’ (he scolded me and chased me away),” the lawmaker said in his letter.

The BJP leader has also shot off a letter to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, seeking help. Lal also says that definite proof of wrong-doing and corruption presented by him went unheard and unaddressed. What is surprising is that all this happened to a man who is the state president of the BJP’s SC/ST Morcha.

While Modi is learnt to have assured Lal of action, there are other similar murmurs about Adityanath’s rough behaviour. Etawah MP Ashok Dohre has also written to Modi accusing the state police of lodging fake cases against SCs and STs during the Bharat Bandh. When asked why he did not petition the Chief Minister, Dohre said he considered Modi his leader, and thus petitioned him.

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Alarmed by the sudden “unease” among the party’s lawmakers, Amit Shah summoned Yogi to New Delhi over the weekend and is learnt to have asked him to mend his ways. Adityanth also met Modi. Interestingly, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who party insiders admit doesn’t see eye to eye with Yogi, was also called to Delhi at the same time.

Ironically, till not long ago, the 45-year-old Chief Minister was being venerated by the party faithful as a man next only to Modi. Insiders, however, now admit that not only has Adityanath failed to show his “pakad” (hold) on the party, but is also “awkwardly arrogant in his public conduct”, and not very able in his administration.

“He may be a busy man, so have been his predecessors… he remains inaccessible and uses foul and unacceptable language at times,” conceded a senior minister who did not wish to be named. Though stopping short of calling the Chief Minister arrogant, he suggested that “Yogi-ji is better advised to be more courteous and improve his time management”.

A senior party functionary too noted “the changing ways of Maharaj-ji”, though he felt “mood swings and the tongue-lashings could be because he has to handle a big state like Uttar Pradesh”.

Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath is losing his shine. (IANS)

A senior bureaucrat also alleged that the Chief Minister often “goes off the handle” and could be very acerbic in his dealing with officials. The Chief Minister’s loyalists, however, point out that he does not like people to hang around him and wants officials to deliver fast and work within the system that has been set up. When there is any breach, he loses his temper, a close aide told IANS.

His failure to deliver on his promise to get all pot-holed roads fixed by a given deadline last year; the rollback — under pressure — in privatisation of the power sector in five cities; the poor showing in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-polls and reports that he and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, don’t get along well have already rung alarm bells in the establishment, sources said. IANS