Yogi Adityanath to be UP Chief Minister
Lucknow, March 18: In Uttar Pradesh five times MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Aditya Nath will be new Chief Minister of the state. His name was unanimously decided as leader of the state legislature party in the meeting of newly elected MLAs held at Lok Bhawan a short while ago.
He would take oath of office and secrecy on Sunday evening. Both the central observers of the party, senior party leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and national general secretary Bhupender Yadav were present at the meeting.
Yogi Aditya Nath was elected to the Lok Sabha first time in 1998 from Gorakhpur in the age of 26 years. His real name is Ajay Singh Bisht and he is mathematics graduate from Garhwal University. Born in 1972 in a village in Uttarakhand, he belongs to famous religious centre Goraksh Nath math based at Gorakhpur.
UP BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya and Party`s national vice president Dinesh Sharma will be Dy CM in new cabinet. Bharatiya Janata Party-lead new Cabinet will sworn in tomorrow. Swearing-in function will be held at Kanshiram memorial ground in the afternoon.
Announcing the decision of Yogi’s election, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that this was a watershed moment for BJP and it has become a common man’s party. He said, UP message is very clear and it is that country wants to move with Prime Minister Modi. He said that mandate is for development, and against corruption and black money. This mandate is against caste politics, religious politics and vote bank politics, he said, noting that all the five regions in UP and all communities had overwhelmingly voted for the party.
Manoj Sinha, Minister of state for telecommunication was being seen as the face of Chief Minister along with Rajnath Singh. But during the meeting of the elected MLAs on Saturday morning Yogi Adityanath was called to New Delhi. During afternoon hours Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prasad Maurya reached Lucknow by special plan by the time Central party leadership message had gone viral that Yogi would be the next Chief.
Since the election, BJP has been relying on the OBC card, non-Yadav OBC and non-Jatav-Dalit votes and the victory was seen as per this combination. Therefore, the political experts were also relying to be an OBC leader to be next Chief Minister.
As per party sources, Rajnath Singh was placed in first and efforts were on to woo him but he denied. After he was out of race, for last two days, Ghazipur MP Manoj Sinha’s name was running in top. During Varanasi trip the photographs of Manoj Sinha’s visit to Kashi Vishwanath and Bhairav temples were being seen as key possibility but after return of Yogi Adityanath, from New Delhi every scenario changed.
Ajay Singh Bisht and he is science graduate from Garhwal University.
He was born on June 5, 1972 at Uttarakhand and completed BSc Mathematics from Garhwal University. He belongs to famous religious centre Goraksh Nath math based at Gorakhpur and is its Mahant. He is heir of former Mahant Advaidyanath. He is founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is a social, cultural and nationalist group.
Mahant Advaidyanath took retirement from active politics and declared Yogi Adityanath as his heir. This commenced the political career of Adityanath and from Gorakhpur in year 1988 was elected as member of Lok Sabha. He was one of the youngest MP and was just 26 years. He has been representing the area since and is known face in UP. He was elected for fifth time as MP in year 2014.
He had constituted the Hindu Yuva Vahini and started movement against conversation. He had given controversial statements several times which had been in support of the hardliner stand of Hindu movement. When riots broke in Gorakhpur, he was made main accused and arrested after which it led to much debate and politics. Many criminal cases were filed against him.
His rise in power
Whatever is said by him is being considered as law for his supporters. When to celebrate Holi and Deepawali along with other festivals is decided and declared by Yogi Adityanath at Gorakhpur where then all the Hindus celebrate it on single day. The Yuva Vahini has spread at Gorakhpur and nearby areas and they yield power.
He was attacked on September 7, 2008 at Azamgarh where more than 100 attackers had rounded up him and his supporters and he had a narrow escape.
He was arrested during the Gorakhpur riots as during Moharram firing one Hindu youth had lost his life. DM had said that the youth is critically injured then officials asked Yogi not to visit the place but Yogi Adityanath insisted to reach to the spot. He also asked to remove the curfew. Next day, he announced to hold the condolence meeting but the district officials denied giving permission for it. He then did not budge and with thousands of supporters courted arrest.
The opposition of arrest was so forceful that his supporters burnt down the few coaches of Mumbai-Gorakhpur Goda Express, and the allegations were raised against Hindu Yuva Vahini. The protest and riots spread in six districts and three divisions. Next day the district magistrate and police officials faced transferred after the incident.
After giving Prime Minister from eastern region of UP, after 15 years once again the region is giving another power centre. On March 8, 2002 after Rajnath Singh as Chief Minister, once again the region has been given representation through Gorakhpur.
It is said that Hindu Yuva Vahini is also considered as a reason for such astounding victory in the region by BJP. In Purvanchal region out of the 25 districts, all the state assembly seats from 11 districts are in favour of BJP. That is out of the 141 seats, BJP has 111 seats in its hand while SP has 14 while BSP has 12 seats. Kushinagar seat is in hands of Congress while Congress party has no presence in any other seat.
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