UP CM Yogi Adityanath still to decide on the Mahant of Gorakhnath Mutt

By: | Published: March 31, 2017 10:43 AM

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has yet to take one important decision that is pending.

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has yet to take one important decision that is pending. Even though he is taking quick decisions after being elevated to the position of the chief minister but the most important decision of naming his successor as the mahant of the Gorakhnath Mutt is yet to come.

This is an important appointment as the Mahants of Gorakhnath Mutt usually become Members of Parliament. Two previous ones were also MPs. Both Avaidyanath and Digvijaynath were both Members of Parliament and Hindutva leaders. so the new Mahant that Yogi Adityanath chooses is also likely to get as much limelight.

The Gorakhnath Math has been involved in political matters for more than half a century. Mahant Digvijay Nath joined the Congress in 1921 and was arrested for taking an “active part” in the Chauri Chaura incident, thereby putting a brake on Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement. He joined the Hindu Mahasabha in 1937 and soon became the head of the party’s unit in United Provinces. He strongly opposed

Gandhi’s non-violent movement. Shortly after independence, he was arrested for inflaming passions against Gandhi that led to his assassination and imprisoned for 9 months. After release, he spearheaded the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of 1949, organizing a 9-day long recitation of Ramcharit Manas, at the end of which the idols of Rama and Sita were placed inside the Babri Masjid. The Babri Masjid was locked down as a result, but it led to Digvijay Nath’s rise in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was appointed the General Secretary at the national level and won the election for the MP of Gorakhpur in 1967.

His successor, Mahant Avaidyanath got elected as an MLA in 1962, 1967, 1969, 1974 and 1977 and also as an MP from Gorakhpur in 1970 and 1989. Soon after the Sangh Parivar started its own Ram

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Janmabhoomi movement, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and got elected as MP of Gorakhpur on a BJP ticket in 1991 and 1996.

Yogi Adityanath has also been active in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and has molded the Hindutva forces in the region by a combination of alliances cutting across caste lines, and by raising demands

for better economic livelihood. Adityanath has been the MP from Gorakhpur since 1998, and has emerged as a major power center in Uttar Pradesh.

So there is a good chance that the new incumbent will also get as much limelight as the previous three, even more.

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