After a week long discussions BJP has made controversial Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The party legislators met in Lucknow amid wide speculations and elected Adityanath as their leader who will take up office on Sunday. He represents Gorakhpur constituency in Lok Sabha.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, the state BJP chief and the MP from Phulpur, will be the deputy chief minister along with Professor Dinesh Sharma, the BJP national secretary according to reports coming in.
Though he was a star campaigner for BJP in UP elections, the name of Yogi Adityanath, who is also head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in eastern UP, turned up in a surprise twist on Saturday afternoon. Adityanath is the founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is notorious for inflaming religious tensions in the state. His diatribe against religious minorities has made him controversial figure in Indian politics.
He held talks with prime minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi before the parliamentary party meeting .
As supporters of Adityanath raised slogans in Lucknow this morning to demand that he be made Chief Minister, after which the lawmaker flew to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other key leader.
The saffron leader has been an epicentre of controversies and there are several criminal cases against him. Some of the charges against him are 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 rapoe Muslim women. Adityanath once likened Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and asked him to go to Pakistan.
Adityanath became the youngest member to be elected to the 12th Lok Sabha at 26 years’ age in 1998. During the tewnure, he was a member of Committee on Food, Civil Supplies, Public Distribution and its Sub-Committee-B on Department of Sugar and Edible Oils; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
In 1999 he was re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term), where he was a member of Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs. He was re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha in 2004 (3rd term) and had served as member of Committee on Government Assurances, Committee on External Affairs, Consultative Committee and Ministry of Home Affairs.
In 2009 he was again elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term and it repeated in 2014 to the 16th Lok Sabha (5th term) from Gorakhpur constituency.