Yogi Adityanath can be considered, for all the reasons, as the personification of India’s hindutva politics. A self styled sannyasi, Adityanath climbed the political ladder through his controversial if not highly inflammable speeches.
His prominence in BJP rose with the saffron party becoming more and more ardent in their hindutava ideology which is basically exclusivist.
The head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in eastern UP had been caught on tape for several times as spewing communal venom and speaking against Muslims.
If one just search on Google for Gorakhpur lawmaker's hate speeches, one will find him middle of a hundreds of such kinds.
Here are a few samples of his explosive speech against religious minorities.
On 27 August 2014, he said: “If a Hindu is killed, 10 Muslims will be killed in retaliation”-
“In places where there are 10 to 20 percent minorities, stray communal incidents take place. Where there are 20 to 35 percent of them, serious communal riots take place and where they are more than 35 percent, there is no place for non-Muslims”, he said on the same month in 2014.
On November 2015, his statement about Shah Rukh Khan has also made a lot of controversy.
“Shah Rukh Khan should remember that if a huge mass in society would boycot his films, he will also have to wander on streets like a normal Muslim...I am saying these people are speaking in a terrorist’s language”, he said.
“What do the Census figures indicate? We have seen in the past. Can we forget what happened in the past? There should be a law to check their population. Whether there should be one child or two can be discussed, but a law applicable on all communities is needed,” Yogi Adityanath said on December 2015.
In 2016 he said: “Muslims who feel that Shariat is supreme can relocate to countries where the Shariat laws are supreme”.