Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister: This could be make or break for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Mar 19, 2017

BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath took oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Sunday afternoon on the back of a landslide verdict in Assembly elections for the Bharatiya Janata Party in India’s most populous state. Adityanath has a coloured past where he often transcended boundaries and indulged in acts advocating religious exclusivism and hardline religious propaganda. The decision to appoint him as the chief minister of the state could be make or break for the party but it is clear that the decision has been taken keeping the 2019 Lok Sabha elections elections in mind.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief and poll tactician Amit Shah have kicked into overdrive after these elections and one of the main tests was to deliver on the 2014 right-wing appeasement poll promises. Adityanath is a five-time MP from Gorakhpur and has an unbelievable hold in eastern UP. The fact that he has been unbeaten since 1998 speaks volumes about his support in that belt. In fact, the 44-year-old is one of the youngest CMs in the country.



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Indian Express, March 19, 2017

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