Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

New UP CM: Celebration at Yogi Adityanath's native village

New UP CM: Celebration at Yogi Adityanath's native village

Even as the party's 312 newly-elected MLAs met in Capital Lucknow to formally elect their new leader.

For a state that has always had law and order issues, the nomination of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister, only brings more worry and bares open the possibility of a rise in religious intolerance.

Please Wait while comments are loading. The BJP'scentral leadership had initially thought that an OBC leader could be chosen as the chief minister since the non-Yadav OBCs had voted for the party in this election.

Sinha was made the MoS for Railways in the first set of ministers inducted into Narendra Modi government in May 2014. The party " s state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya is also a contender, but no surprise if the final choice falls on a relatively lesser- known leader. After Raman Singh in Chhattisgarh, Biren Singh in Manipur and Trivendra Singh Rawat in Uttarakhand, Yogi Adityanath will be the fourth Rajput Chief Minister of a BJP ruled state. With the choice of a very communal Hindutva champion like Yogi Adityanath, the BJP is going to pursue a policy of clear polarisation, which will effectively mean the consolidation of a hardline Hindutva ideology not just in Uttar Pradesh but in the country.

The yogi then launched the Hindu Yuva Vahini, which helped him establish his dominance over the region. "Allowing Hindutva hardliners to helm a major state is a costly mistake", said journalist Malini Parthasarathy on Twitter as #YogiAdityanath became a top-trending topic in India. "Definitely he will prove best chief minister of the state", Naqvi told PTI. Their agenda can weigh over his development agenda, as also the person who could lead that agenda. Media reports suggest that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are one-hearted in giving "Clean Chit" to Manoj Sinha for this high-profile responsibility.

The verdict given by people in Uttar Pradesh March 2017 was no different.

Although Poorvanchal is Adityanath's bastion, he was used as one of the prime star-campaigners by BJP in western UP as well.

Adityanath also appealed his supporters to exercise restraint while celebrating his appointment as the chief minister.

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