Uttar Pradesh gets Hindu firebrand leader

Sinha has been in the good books of the prime minister as he is considered a low profile but hardworking minister. File

"BJP has got the majority and it is their prerogative to decide who will be the Chief Minister", senior TMC Vice President and MP Sultan Ahmed told PTI.

The RSS, a Hindu nationalist outfit, is known to be the ideological backbone of the BJP, and its ground level support is crucial for the party.

On Sunday, Adityanath tried to reassure Uttar Pradesh citizens that his top priorities were good governance and development of the state, among the poorest in India. This went against the Sangh's wish for a Hindu Rashtra, which includes officially renaming the country as "Bharat", as it occurs in Hindu mythology. With his radical brand of Hindutva and his fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric, the yogi has been a polarising force, but ironically, Modi wants to use him as a Hindu mascot with a difference.

The party is back in the state after 15-years by winning 312 seats in the recently held assembly elections. Given his following among a large section of Hindus as the "saviour" of the religion, Yogi would suit the RSS more than Modi. This means that Modi and Shah have given their consent to Adityanath's anointment as CM.

"It is a message in favour of consolidating the Hindu communal vote", said Delhi-based political analyst Amulya Ganguli.

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It is unclear at this stage which of the above theories is true.

Several BJP lawmakers fromEastern Uttar Pradesh have reportedly offered to vacate their seats for UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, a five-term MP from Gorakhpur. Apprehensive that the response of voters was not overwhelming in the initial phases of the elections, Modi and Amit Shah converted the election into a Modi-centric one.

Allocation of ministerial berths in his council of ministers is likely to come up for discussion at a meeting the UP chief minister will have with Modi.

Known for his inflammatory speeches against Muslims, Mr Adityanath lauded Mr Trump for banning refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the USA, and said India needed similar action to check terrorism.

Dressed in his characteristic saffron robes, Adityanath, after taking oath, walked over to and sought the blessings of Advani, Joshi as well as Rajnath Singh.

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