NEW DELHI: Yogi Adityanath has been selected as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister because the RSS-BJP thinktank believes that he is the best person to continue the momentum of Hindu consolidation through his actions and language, says a well-known political scientist.
Former JNU professor Imtiaz Ahmad said that the UP assembly election was contested with religion at its core. “BJP fears that a huge chunk of OBC voters who voted for the party can move away in future. They feel that Adityanath is the right person to keep the anti-Muslim rhetoric going which is necessary to keep those votes intact for 2019. The RSS-BJP combine believes that he can combine the twin roles of an ultra-orthodox Hindu leader and a CM,” Ahmad said.
During the state assembly polls, Adityanath was a major campaigner for the party across UP. The Gorakhpur-based mahant-politician enjoys a substantial following in eastern Uttar Pradesh. In 2002, he had founded the Hindu Yuva Vahini and continues to be its mukhya sangrakshak (chief patron).
Labelled as a socio-cultural outfit, HYV volunteers cum vigilantes are known to use strong-arm tactics during communal riots, gauraksha (cow protection) drives and to prevent `love jihad.’