In the current Lok Sabha, 18% of Adityanath’s debates have focussed on Hindu issues, including cow slaughter, enforcing a uniform civil code and protection of Hindu pilgrims.
A brief look at how the the militant ‘yogi’ has built his political career out of spewing venom against Muslims.
In a short period of time, Adityanath decimated the political mafia that existed in his area, emerged as a prominent force and polarised the region.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
The firebrand Hindutva leader had owned up to his hate speech and even justified it in a TV interview; yet the UP government says there is no ‘conclusive’ evidence that he made the speech in question.
Work that was getting done at lightning speed in Kol Gadhaiyaa in Bundelkhand ahead of the chief minister’s arrival suddenly stopped when his visit was cancelled.
Speeches made by Adityanath and Anurag Thakur during an election campaign in Amreli were clearly aimed at dividing the electorate on religious lines.
“On the basis of law, we have decided that Kairana-like incidents won’t happen again,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in Lucknow.
The state government’s letter also says that the censor board should take into account “people’s views” while making a decision on the film.
The chief minister also said that “distorting history” is akin to sedition and that “Pakistan” is used as an abuse in Europe, as is “Paki”.
From declaring towns in the state as official pilgrimage sites to his colour drive, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is going all out in his obvious push for Hindutva.
The farcical enactment of ‘the return of Ram Rajya’ signals trying times ahead. Seeing Ayodhya’s plight many speak of the curse Sita put on it for abandoning her at a difficult juncture and choosing to belong solely to Rama.
With only 18 months to go for the general elections, the BJP seems to have decided to abandon the vikas plank and go back to full-throated Hindutva and minority baiting.
The bus service is to connect interior areas of the state, where the BJP government is planning to build “gaurav paths,” or link roads to villages of martyred soldiers.
The proposal, presented to governor Ram Naik, is part of the state tourism department’s initiative to promote religious tourism.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the Banaras Hindu University administration has been clearly told not to harass any student.
The first phase of the UP government’s much-hyped crop loan waiver has turned into another farce for farmers.
Adityanath’s visit to City Montessori will provide legitimacy to a school which doesn’t honour the orders of his government or administration and flouts the national law openly.
In an interview, Adityanath also denied any incidents of cow-related violence in UP since his government came to power.
If I Allow Namaz on Streets, How Can I Stop Police Stations from Celebrating Janmashtami: Adityanath
Ahead of Janmashtami, the UP chief minister had told the police to celebrate the festival in a ‘traditional, grand and decent’ way.
With the government giving 23 natural reasons for the children’s deaths, the official line eliminates any human or institutional hand or negligence.
A desperate attempt is underway to change the narrative over the death of scores of children.
While the SP Gorakhpur has said 21 of those deaths were due to a lack of liquid oxygen, the Adityanath state government has fiercely rejected this claim.
Besides Yogi, the then Gorakhpur Mayor Anju Chaudhary and local MLA Radha Mohan Das Agrawal have also been named as accused in the case.
Sabha president Imran Khan submitted a memorandum claiming around 12,000 pilgrims are facing difficulties and may agitate if the Haj House isn’t opened.
Successive UP governments, BJP and non-BJP, have sought to scuttle the investigation into Adityanath’s role in anti-Muslim violence ten years ago. But there is enough in the case to still be revived if the court wants to.
Capital expenditure has been cut for police services, public construction and ironically various agriculture-associated sectors.
Other directives include installing CCTV cameras along the route and avoiding songs that are “filmy, vulgar or provocative.”
State transport department officials were put on full-time duty, even working over time, to ensure that participants reached the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow.
Adityanath said Nitish Kumar and other “secular leaders” shouldn’t be silent on triple talaq and illegal slaughterhouses.
The students, members of the Samajwadi Party’s student wing, have been charged with serious crimes, including rioting, after they raised black flags at a campus event featuring Adityanath.
The closure of slaughterhouses in the state has left many jobless and exacerbated the socio-economic scenario.
“The hut leaks when it rains, and we have to seek shelter in the corners of the hut all night. We don’t have any money to buy a tarpaulin,” said Keshri Devi, adding, “the two bars of soap are not going to last forever.”
“Officials took away the carpet, sofa and AC soon after Adityanath left our residence….within 15 to 30 minutes of his departure, everything was gone.”
“How serious are the state and its agencies in pursing the matter which is of grave concern in which innocent persons have lost their lives,” the Allahabad high court said.
BJP leaders in Saharanpur and Agra are pleased to have managed the transfer of two SSPs who booked Sangh leaders and activists for rioting.
If the rioting by ruling party affiliates had occurred in the earlier regime, the BJP would have charged “goonda raj”. Now the boot is on the other leg.
The Supreme Court order that the status quo be maintained was violated when the administration allowed a trishul-bearing sadhu to enter the Ram shrine.
Given the UP chief minister’s regressive views on women, his views on triple talaq are guided more by anti-Muslim sentiment than concern for women’s rights, say activists and opposition parties.
“In such a short span of time,” gushed India Today, “several initiatives have been taken by UP CM Yogi Adityanath for the betterment of state and to end corruption.”