Finally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed government in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh on Sunday with its firebrand Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath taking oath as the new chief minister of the state. His name along with some other prominent leaders of the party were making the rounds in the run to the CM post since the party marked a landslide victory in Assembly polls. Adityanath’s name was finalised on Saturday evening and came as a surprise for many due to his contentious political background. Adityanath has always been under the radar of controversies due to his aggravating statements against minorities. His announcement for the top post in UP drew a mixed response from the media, political circles and people.
Many opposition parties also criticised the party for its CM nomination and accused BJP of propping up a divisive name despite assuring ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ during the assembly elections campaigning phase. The news made headline not just in India, but across the globe. Many foreign media reported Adityanath’s elevation as CM with their own sense of political landscape of India.
Here is how various international media houses reported the news:
The New York Times (US)
Firebrand Hindu Cleric Yogi Adityanath Picked as Uttar Pradesh Minister
“The choice of Yogi Adityanath — who has been repeatedly accused of stirring anti-Muslim sentiments — to lead Uttar Pradesh, came as a shock to many political observers here, who have become accustomed to the carefully moderated public positions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in line with his projected image as a pro-development leader and global statesman.” The media house also said that Adityanath has been aggressively calling for making India a Hindu prominent nation.
Hindutva unmasked: Yogi Adityanath, BJP’s most strident face, will be its chief minister in UP
The Pakistan-based media house used a report from Scroll.in and retained its headline too. The report extensively talks about Adityanath’s Hindutva ideology and his record as an MP from Gorakhpur. Further the report said, “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 rhetoric.”
Yogi Adityanath: Uttar Pradesh chief minister choice criticised
The publication introduced the newly elected UP CM as a controversial Hindu religious leader. It mentioned, “India’s governing party has chosen a controversial Hindu religious leader known for anti-Muslim rhetoric as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state.”
Modi BJP picks firebrand to head India’s Uttar Pradesh
The media house stated that, “PM picks Yogi Adityanath, who has been accused of inciting violence against Muslims, to lead most populous state.” It also mentioned that, “Adityanath is a popular leader known for his fiery Hindu rhetoric who has stirred controversies over his polarising and inflammatory speeches against Muslims – who form nearly 20 percent of the state’s population.”