After much speculation, the BJP chose Yogi Adityanath as the CM of Uttar Pradesh, triggering anger and strong reactions from across the country.
Here’s how the major editorials in the country have reacted to the development.
Yogi Adityanath may not be a monk who sold his Ferrari, but in picking him for the post of Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have certainly sold us a Hindutva dummy in the name of “vikas”. There are no two ways of saying the obvious truth. Installing such a divisive and thuggish figure at the helm of India’s most populous and volatile state is a terrible, terrible decision. [Read More]
Adityanath’s anointment is now full proof of the makeover of the BJP under Modi and Shah, an unapologetic, battle-hardened election fighting machine which takes no prisoners. In a significant way, all the talk of Vikas is also off the table, as with two years to go for 2019, and some significant elections to win, the BJP goes back to basics. Brace yourself, turbulence ahead. [Read More]
Adityanath’s presence is communally polarising, which was indeed the leitmotif of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. His ascent to the post of chief minister will be seen as a reward for humiliating Muslims, who will, in turn, be convinced of their political irrelevance. Think what Hindus would feel if Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan were to ever become chief minister. [Read More]
The Indian Express
May be there was a sense of denial that the BJP would even consider Yogi Adityanath as the contender for the chief minister’s post. But then, victory is what matters in electoral politics. [Read More]
BJP’s choice of Yogi Adityanath to become Uttar Pradesh chief minister is likely to temper rather than aggravate the Hindutva agenda that is a necessary concomitant of any BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh. He is as hard-line as it gets and directly controls the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a potential source of Hindutva excess. [Read More]