Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Yogi, Yogi slogans inside BJP's MLA meet in Lucknow

Yogi, Yogi slogans inside BJP's MLA meet in Lucknow

Union Minister of State for Telecom Manoj Sinha is the front-runner, but he too appeared in a denial mode on Friday much like Home Minister Rajnath Singh who told reporters in Parliament that he neither knows about "any race nor is he in the race".

The people of Uttar Pradesh will now be under a chief minister whose obnoxious statements from the past are reasons enough for anybody sensible to fear the road ahead for Uttar Pradesh. As Adityanath is also a Rajput, Sinha and Maurya seemed like frontrunners for the post.

Meanwhile, the newly-elected legislators of the BJP will meet in the state capital tomorrow to elect the new Chief Minister.

The next morning, however, saw a twist in the tale. BJP is most likely to decide its chief ministerial candidate by Thursday evening. Jubilant workers hit the streets, distributing candies to passersby.

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy said: "The BJP is in majority and it is their prerogative as to whom they name as the Chief Minister".

Following the landslide victory by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Hindi heartland, it was initially believed that the party was thinking of sending a senior leader from Delhi to take charge of Uttar Pradesh.

The accession of Adityanath, the five-time MLA from Gorakhpur, can strengthen the BJP's "Hindutva" establishment in the state, but may provide enough fodder to the opposition to attack the saffron party on lines of "divisive politics".

Adityanath's offensive quotable quotes are not hard to find and sure to be replayed routinely by BJP opponents, critics, and liberals in time to come. He is expected to help the party fulfil its promise of construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Adityanath entered into a dispute with the BJP leadership over ticket distribution in 2002, and threatened to launch a separate outfit. However, the latter is considered to be a more influential leader, owing to his dedicated cadre of Hindu Yuva Vahini.

The announcement is being seen as a clear reiteration of the BJP's commitment to Hindutva. "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. Adityanath's Facebook page highlights the various projects he launched in Gorakhpur - including the restarting of a fertiliser factory and launch of an AIIMS unit.

Like this: