‘It is a recipe for disaster for the state of Uttar Pradesh
however; it is part of a carefully calibrated plan by the BJP to further sow
the seeds of polarization and conflict to profit from especially looking at the
upcoming Parliamentary election. The real face of the RSS will be on full
display soon’ said George Abraham, Chairman of the Indian National Overseas
‘We are indeed shocked to see that this firebrand Yogi
Adityanath whose virulent public pronouncements often borders outright contempt
for the minorities in India is anointed by the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combine
as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India’ said
Harbachan Singh, the Secretary-General of
According to the New York Times report, Mr. Adityanath, 44, was born Ajay Mohan Bisht, and studied mathematics before joining the priesthood. He rose to prominence as part of the campaign to rebuild the Ram temple, and has repeatedly been charged with fanning religious tensions.
In 2007, he spent 15 days in jail on charges of inciting riots, The Hindustan Times reported. He was booked again later in the year, when riots broke out after he made a speech. He is still facing trial in the two cases, the newspaper reported.
Mr. Adityanath was a forceful defender of the Hindu mob who lynched Muhammad Ikhlaq, a Muslim man suspected of slaughtering a cow, and argued that Mr. Ikhlaq’s family should be prosecuted for possessing the meat. When some Indians complained that they should not be required perform a “sun salutation” as part of International Yoga Day celebrations, saying it was a religious act, he recommended that those who were offended should “drown themselves in the sea.”
Mr. Adityanath has openly called for
George Abraham, Chairman
Indian National Overseas