Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) five time Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath on Sunday took oath as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. 

A host of senior BJP party leaders and supporters marked the attendance of the swearing-in ceremony held at the sprawling campus of Smriti Upvan in Lucknow. The ceremony was addressed by UP Governor Ram Naik.

Later in the day, Yogi Adityanath addressed his first press conference as UP CM and said that his government will leave no stone unturned to fulfil the promises made by the BJP to the people of the state. 

He also said that there will be no discrimination under his government in the state and that the government will work for all sections of society without any partiality.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while praising Yogi Adityanath said that he will turn Uttar Pradesh into ‘Uttam’ Pradesh. 

The anointment of Yogi Adityanath to the top post in the state has left the political pundits across the board spellbound and confused.

With an array of his controversial statement already making rounds as a testimony of this cult leadership, here are a few lesser known facts about Yogi Adityanath:

  • The real name of the firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath is Ajay Singh Bisht. Adityanath was born in a Garhwali Rajput family on June 5, 1972, in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. His father Anand Singh Bisht was a forest ranger.
  • Yogi Adityanath has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Srinagar, Uttarakhand.
  • Yogi Adityanath left his home around 1990s to join the Ayodhya Ram temple movement. In years to come, he met Mahant Avaidyanath, the chief priest of the Gorakhnath Math, and became his disciple. Later he was given the name ‘Yogi Adityanath’ and later he was designated as the successor of the Mahant Avaidyanath.
  • Yogi Adityanath runs Guru Gorakhnath Hospital, where anyone can take its services by paying just Rs 20. Besides this, he also runs schools in his native constituency.
  • Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at the age of 26. He has been elected to the Parliament from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms (in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections).
  • Adityanath also runs ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini,’ a youth wing; that was accused of inflaming communal passions. Gorakhour MP has been into media headlines for his divisive and polarising statements in public events.

Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi bagged more than 300 seats in the recently held Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections. 

First Published | 19 March 2017 10:58 PM
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