The elevation of Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh drew harsh criticism from several national media and social media alike. International media also covered this prominently.
Almost all leading international news media, including BBC, New York Times and Al Jazeera were critical in their coverage.
New York Times and Al Jazeera called him “firebrand Hindu leader”.
Pakistan's leading newspaper Dawn, meanwhile, unleashed a scathing attack on the controversial leader and on the BJP for picking him for the top position.
It used a report published by Scroll.in and retained the headline too.
The report explained how Adityanath became the favourite of top BJP brass and how actively he involved in Ram Janmabhoomi Movement.
In a state with nearly four crore Muslims, where the BJP decided to field not even a single candidate from the minority community in the election, the chief minister-designate could be seen as adding insult to injury, because, more than anything else, he is known for his strident anti-Muslim rhetoricReport in Dawn
There are several criminal cases against the saffron leader including charges of rioting, attempt to murder, armed with deadly weapon, endangering life or personal safety of others, unlawful assembly, trespassing on burial places and criminal intimidation.
In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a ‘purification’ drive for conversion of Christians to Hinduism. He was accused of promoting communal disharmony through a Virat Hindustan rally in 2011.
In 2015, Yogi Adityanath said that those who oppose yoga can leave India and that they should be drowned. In the same year, the saffron leader reportedly exhorted Hindus to rape Muslim women. Adityanath once likened Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and asked him to go to Pakistan.