Yogi Adityanath the mascot of Hindu Rashtra has always been known for his damaging statements that were anti-secular at best. Yogi Adityanath who was named the chief minister of the largest state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, is known for stirring controversies.
Adityanath has several criminal cases against him. Some of the charges are rioting, attempt to murder, armed with deadly weapon, trespassing on burial places and criminal intimidation.
In 2015, Yogi Adityanath said that those who oppose yoga can leave India. He was also embroiled in the Love Jihad and Kairana exodus controversies.
He also once compared Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed and asked him to go to Pakistan. Mr. Adityanath had said that Shah Rukh Khan should remember that if a “huge mass” of people in the country would boycott his films then he would also have to wander on streets like a “normal Muslim“.
On another occasion he is known to have spoken against the minorities: There have been 450 riots cases in West UP in two-and-a-half years of Samajwadi Party rule because the population of a particular community is rising manifold. He had said that in places where there are 10-20% minority population, stray communal incidents take place. Where there are 20-35% of them, serious communal riots take place and where they are more than 35%, there is no place for non-Muslims.
He is also known to have spoken against Mother Teresa by saying that she was a part of a conspiracy to Christianise India. Hindus have been converted in the name of doing service. While addressing a rally in Basti Yogi Adityanath said: ” Large-scale conversions to Christianity in the Northeast had led to a separatist movement in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, he said. “You are in a majority here so you do not know the conditions that Hindus face in NE. You should go and see the situation there.