NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to name Yogi Adityanath, a fire-breathing cleric from Gorakhpur, as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
A strong votary of the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Adityanath ran BJP’s Hindutva campaign in eastern UP in the just concluded assembly polls. He is known for his pronounced anti-Muslim speeches.
Adityanath will be sworn in on Sunday at a ceremony at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan at 2.15pm where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will be present.
He has got a BSc degree in maths and renounced his family at the age of 21 to become a disciple of a religious figure Mahant Avaidyanath.
Yogi’s tryst with politics began in 1996.
In 1998, when he was just 26, Yogi Adityanath became the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha, going on to win successive terms in 1999, 2004, 2009 and in 2014. – Samaa
Story first published: 19th March 2017