Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has made it clear that he is for Hindu rashtra, saying there’s nothing wrong with such a move if that “serves the interests of the people and country”.
In his first television interview to Doordarshan since he was sworn-in as the chief minister the Hindutva hardliner said there is nothing wrong with the concept of a Hindu rashtra.
Right-wing extremist groups led by the RSS have been pitching to make India a Hindu nation.
“I want to state something very clearly. The concept of the Hindu Rashtra is not wrong. A full bench of the Supreme Court has given a specific decision on this....It is a way of life. If that rashtra (nation), or raasta (path), helps improve people’s way of life, then we should not hesitate in adopting it,” Adityanath said.
He further said no one should have problems in accepting a Hindu nation if such a move helped people “lead a better life and brought joy to them”.
Sangh Parivar leaders came out defending Adityanath’s remarks.
“For far too long we have been pseudo-seculars who frowned upon anything that is Hindu. What’s wrong in the CM’s statement? state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
“There can be a new mode of worship and that mode of worship cannot disconnect disown, deride, the pre-religious status of a culture, history, intellectual legacy of a nation. The Hindu rashtra is a secular, democratic and an inclusive concept,” RSS leader Rakesh Sinha was quoted by ANI.
Adityanath, a five-term parliamentarian and head priest of Gorakhnath mutt in Gorakhpur, was appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh last month after the BJP swept 325 seats last month.