Here are 10 things to know about the New Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
1. Born on June 5, 1972, Yogi Adityanath‘s real name is Ajay Singh. He has a BSc degree from HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand.
2. Yogi Adityanath was elected as the member of the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 from Gorakhpur constituency, becoming the youngest MP at the age of 26. He has so far been MP from the same constituency five times.
3. In, 1999-2000 he was a member of Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government. In 2004, he was re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha for the third term. In 2009, for the 15th Lok Sabha.
4. He has been a very controversial leader and had made two controversial statements: one on Yoga and the other one on Shahrukh Khan. On Yoga, he had said that those who oppose it can leave India. He had compared Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and asked him to go to Pakistan.
5. Unlike is his party, he kept reiterating that if BJP comes to Lucknow then Ram Mandir will be a top agenda on their list.
6. Adityanath has several criminal cases against him. But that didn’t stop him from becoming the CM of the most populous and communally sensitive Uttar Pradesh.
He has been charged in the past with rioting, attempt to murder, armed with deadly weapon, endangering life or personal safety of others, unlawful assembly, trespassing on burial places and criminal intimidation.
7. Often caught in controversy because of his speeches, Adityanath allegedly led a “purification” drive for conversion of Christians to Hinduism in 2005.
8. He was arrested for inciting Gorakhpur riots in 2007. In Gorakhpur riots of 2007, a Hindu boy was killed after some people opened fire on a Muslim procession that took place on the occasion of Moharam.
When the youth succumbed to the injuries and died, Yogi Adityanath allegedly vowed to deliver justice to Hindus. He announced a torchlight procession and a “Shraddhanjali Sabha (pay homage)”.
9. Adityanath is the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini – a “social, cultural and nationalist group” of young people.
Known for his impeccable Hindutva credentials that includes support for Ghar Wapsi and fight against “Love Jihad”, Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini in 2015 embarked on a mission to declare the cow as “rashtra maata” (mother of the nation).
10. He, however, has had a strained relationship with the BJP for more than a decade. The troubled relationship was finally normalised with the RSS’s intervention.
With his anointment as Uttar Pradesh CM, Adityanath joined the famous league of BJP’s bachelor CMs – Trivendra Rawat (Uttarakhand), ML Khattar (Haryana), Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam).