Muslim community 'insecure' after anti-Muslim Adityanath made Chief Minister

"Disturbance shouldn't be created in the name of celebrations", Chief Minister designate Yogi Adityanath said to them. It would not be exaggeration that UP is critical for the BJP and Modi's chances in 2019.

Interestingly, after Yogi Adityanath took the oath and addressed his first press conference as chief minister, the newspaper's editorial on 20 March, sounded more optimistic, especially, because of the new CM's utterances.

Modi's decision to appoint the firebrand MP is seen by analysts as a clear sign of Modi's intentions and inclinations going forward, leaving the Muslim community to fear that the marginalisation of minorities will now be translated into a programme of cultural, social and symbolic subordination.

The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which last weekend won a landslide victory in local elections in Uttar Pradesh state, announced after a party meeting on Saturday that Yogi Adityanath was its unanimous choice for chief minister.

Modi's BJP won control of the state a week ago, earning the biggest majority there for any party since 1977, after the Prime Minister pitched himself as a man on the side of the poor. It is neither fair nor wise to write someone off without giving a proper opportunity, but unfortunately that looks like a case with how markets may react to the appointment of Yogi Adityanath.

The temple premises, which are spread across 60 acres, have been decorated with flowers and colourful balloons in anticipation of the chief minister's arrival.

The 44-year-old Adityanath asked the police chief to order the police force to be on the alert and also chalk out an action plan for better policing in a bid to rein in crime within a fortnight.

The elevation of Adityanath, who has chequered rapport with the BJP leadership, has left many puzzled, with political circles abuzz with talk of the RSS having prevailed over the party in deciding the chief minister.

However, it is also the country's most politically important state because it sends the most number of MPs - 80 - to the federal Parliament.

Uttar Pradesh is India's largest state with a population of 220 million, 19 percent of whom are Muslim. "Mandate is for BJP and BJP legislators have decided for Yogi Adityanath". He, however, continued to harp on communally divisive issues by accusing CM Akhlesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party's (SP) policy of "appeasement of Muslims".

All three were potential chief ministerial candidates with Maurya being considered a front-runner along with Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha.

Mr Modi expressed confidence in the new government, saying that the state would have "record development".

"Our Government will work for the welfare of the people".

  • Leroy Wright