The BJP's move to name Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has surprised most and disappointed some in the BJP, including a party MP. BJP chief Amit Shah had projected the party's victory in Uttar Pradesh as the defeat of caste and dynasty politics, while Modi had promised that the BJP government will be for "those who voted for it and also for those who did not".
After an astounding victory in the Assembly polls, the BJP is in the process of deciding the chief ministerial candidate for the politically crucial state.
While the BJP MP has largely focused on Hindutva, one can not overlook his contributions to the development cause either.
"At the end of the day, this is a party that is driven by orders they receive from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarters in Nagpur... we all know about the very inflammatory language used by Yogi Adityanath over the last several years", he said.
Manish Tewari, a senior Congress party leader tweeted that the BJP's decision to appoint Mr Adityanath was a "harbinger to greater polarisation". He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth who seek to provide rightist Hindu platform. "Terrorism - wrong. Hindus hitting back at Muslims for terrorism - right". The win came after a campaign personally led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His selection of Adityanath as chief minister of a communally sensitive state has, for once, created doubt in the minds of his supporters that Modi can't always withstand pressure from RSS and Sangh Parivar.
There can be no other possible explanation for the appointment of Hindutva ideologue Yogi Adityanath as CM of India's most populous state. The saffron-clad commissar holds sway over some 65 seats across 10 districts in the east and has been a five-time MP from Gorakhpur, having won his 2014 election by a staggering three lakh votes. BJP has become a common man's party.
BJP's state unite general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak, while confirming the date for the legislators' meet also informed that two central observers - M Venkaiah Naidu and Bhupendra Yadav - will be here to oversee the election of the new leader. Adityanath's mentor and father figure mahant Avaidyanath had a Hindu Mahasabha lineage before he joined the BJP.