Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India was elected in 2014. Since his election as the Prime Minister, there have been 15 state elections in the country, out of which Modi's party (Bharatiya Janata Party - BJP) has won in 8 states. After winning in those states, the party has chosen relatively new faces for the post of chief minister. In the recent Uttar Pradesh State Elections, the BJP defeated the competitive parties in a historic margin, winning in 312 out of 403 constituencies.
Apart from this sensational victory, the BJP has got the people's attention for a completely different reason now. None of the newly elected MLA's have been selected as the chief minister of the state. The BJP has felt that none of the 312 MLA's are fit enough for the post. The more surprising fact here is that the nominee for the 'Chief Minister' post and one of the Deputy Chief Ministers are Members of Parliament, the other Deputy Chief Minister being Mayor of the state's capital Lucknow. None of these 3 people contested in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh state election.
The nominee for the Chief Minister of UP is Mr. Yogi Adhithyanadh, his deputies are M.P Kesav Mauriya and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma. Modi's plans to develop the country on all margins were in his own terms and conditions. His recent demonetisation move and his various efforts in creating a digital India have all added partial support to his own 'swaraj'. But, the appointment of a religious advocate as a Chief Minister under Modi has created resentment in the hearts of various opposition parties and the people of Uttar Pradesh.
BJP is a party that is filled with concepts and idols of "hindutva". Yogi has been one of the most important people of this slot. 44 year old Yogi, pronounced himself a nun, several years ago. He has been elected as the M.P five times from Gorakpur. He is also the head of Gorakpur Mutt. He has also been the constant favourite of R.S.S leaders. But he has not always been in a smooth relationship with the BJP. Tamil News website Vikatan pointed out that, when BJP national leaders dominate the whole of India, Yogi has been dominating the whole of Gorakpur. Vikatan went on to add that Yogi decided who should serve what posts in the party, who should contest in the state and parliamentary elections from Gorakpur.
Yogi has threatened several times that he will leave the BJP. But R.S.S leaders stopped him from doing so. Yogi doesn't care about what the party says. He acts according to his wish. in 2010, BJP asked its M.P's to support the bill for reservation of women in state assemblies and the parliament. But Yogi opposed the bill. Though a part of BJP, Yogi has his own party called 'Hindu Yuva Vahini'. Saving cows in the name of religion, stopping 'Love Jigath' - all these have been done by his men carrying sticks and walking on the roads.
This party has been responsible for converting 5000 people from other castes to Hinduism. He vowed to make Uttar Pradesh the Hindu empire. He changed the name of Miya Bazaar to Maya Bazaar. Urdu Bazaar became Hindi Bazaar. Ali Nagar became Arya Nagar. Modi, who has appointed new faces as Chief Minsters in other states has chosen Yogi in Uttar Pradesh. Why?
Uttar Pradesh has 80 parliamentary constituencies, out of which BJP won 71 in 2014. Uttar Pradesh was the main reason for BJP to win the 2014 elections. Advocation of the Hindu religion only made this victory possible. So, Modi may look to repeat the process under Yogi, at the cost of other religion people's freedom. With the parliamentary elections just 2 years away, the appointment of Yogi seems to have better prospects for BJP to advocate Hinduism and win in 2019 too.
Political Analysts expect much more drama from the Uttar Pradesh State.