A five-term Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, popularly known as Mahant, has been named as the upcoming Chief Minister of UP.
However, the announcement has created ripples among the people across the country. Owing to Yogi’s controversial statements, particularly targeting minorities has brought him the flak post-announcement of his position as the CM. To put the argument in place, we will cite a few controversial provocations made by the Mahant.
For years, Adityanath has been engaged in divisive rhetoric and has, in the process, established himself as the foremost firebrand Hindutva leader.
Some of his most virulent statements are given below.
On Installing Idols in Mosques
During Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Virat Hindu Sammelan organised in Varanasi by the Deccan Chronicle in February 2015, the yogi was quoted as saying, “If given a chance, we will install statues of Goddess Gauri, Ganesh and Nandi in every mosque.” This statement is completely against the spirit of the Indian constitution.
Accusing Mother Teresa
During a rally in Basti on June 21, 2016, he accused Mother Teresa of “conspiracy to Christianise India.” His lack of knowledge of the problems afflicting the northeast states came to light when he accused, “Teresa was part of a conspiracy for Christianization of India. Incidents of Christianization had led to separatist movements in parts the northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.” The Mahant’s statement reek of ignorance about his country and constitution that guarantees the right to preach, profess and practice one’s religion.
Shah Rukh Khan Controversy
International Yoga Day
In June 2015, on the issue of compulsory participation of government employees in International Yoga Day, the BJP leader and now CM-designate UP had remarked, “Lord Shankar was the biggest Yogi who started Yoga. Mahadev (another name of Lord Shankar) lives in every particle of this country. So, those who want to avoid Yoga and Lord Shankar can leave Hindustan.”
The worst among the anti-Muslim rhetoric came on March 3, 2015, when the yogi was seen calling upon his brigade asking them to dig the graves of Muslim women and defile their dead bodies by raping them.
Support for Dadri lynching
While he assumes power in a day or two, what needs to be seen is the unfolding of the social ramifications of this political decision. He is accused of instigating communal violence and riots in the past and the criminal cases levelled against him include, charges of attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, rioting, promoting enmity between different religious groups and defiling places of worship.