1. Yogi Adityanath’ is new UP chief minister; is Ram Mandir in Ayodhya back on BJP agenda?

Yogi Adityanath’ is new UP chief minister; is Ram Mandir in Ayodhya back on BJP agenda?

As after much speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declares Yogi Adityanath as the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, questions arise on whether the accession of Adityanath will strengthen the party's Hindutva establishment in the state.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2017 7:22 PM
Adityanath’s appointment as the CM might give a major boost to the controversial construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. (PTI)

As after much speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declares Yogi Adityanath as the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, questions arise on whether the accession of Adityanath will strengthen the party’s Hindutva establishment in the state. While the decision might provide enough fodder to opposition parties to attack the safron party on lines of ‘divisive politics’, Adityanath’s appointment as the CM might also give a major boost to the controversial construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

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Adityanath is known for some major controversies and some derogatory remarks on various sensitive issues related to caste and religion. In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a purification move which involved the conversion of Christians to Hinduism. In one such instance, 1,800 Christians were reportedly converted to Hinduism in the town of Etah in Uttar Pradesh during this time. In January 2007, an altercation occurred amidst a Hindu group and Muslims during a Muharram procession in Gorakhpur which led to the hospitalisation of a young Hindu, Raj Kumar Agrahari. The District Magistrate later restricted Adityanath to visit the site as it may inflame tensions. A curfew was implemented by the local police, but Adityanath broke it and was subsequently jailed under Section 151A, Sections 146, 147, 279, 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has today announced the name of Yogi Adityanath as the next Uttar Pradesh chief minister after much speculation about a number of other contenders including Rajnath Singh, Manoj Sinha, Swatantra Dev Singh, Keshav Prasad Maurya or others. But, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi staying mum and party President Amit Shah preferred to power speculation further by saying anyone whose name state party president Maurya puts his stamp of approval against, he will clear that person as the next UP CM. The contenders themselves all scrambled to say their names were ‘not in the race’ ahead of the BJP meet in Lucknow to pick the name.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party has held its legislature meeting to elect the successor of Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, with party president Amit Shah empowered to take the final call. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav were among others who were present at the meet at the party’s central observer.

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