Our govt will fix law and order first, says UP CM

Adityanath, yesterday after taking oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, said he will not indulge in any discrimination against people and will work for "sabka saath, sabka vikas".

The 44-year-old saffron-robed priest turned politician, known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric, took office on Sunday, a week after the BJP won a resounding victory in the state.

Modi has projected a development agenda and has underlined this in recent statements.

State party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, considered a front runner for the post, has been named deputy chief minister along with Dinesh Sharma, the party's national vice-president and Lucknow's mayor. "When U.P. develops, India develops".

Pointing out that "Adityanath has called for India to become a Hindu state", Amnesty in a statement says, "He has also made polarizing statements claiming "love jihad" - an alleged conspiracy by Muslim men to seduce Hindu women and convert them to Islam".

Most recently, he lauded US President Trump's travel ban that aimed to halt immigrants from a handful of Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, saying India needed similar action to check "terrorism".

One of his first tasks may be to fulfil an election manifesto pledge and close slaughter-houses that are mostly operated by Muslims.

A five-time parliamentarian from the Uttar Pradesh constituency of Gorakhpur, Mr Adityanath has a strong base of power in the east of the state.

Another top leader, Venkaiah Naidu said, "This mandate is against caste politics, religious politics", Naidu said.

FILE - Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath in New Delhi, India, June 21, 2015. He is even reported to have said that those who did not practice surya namaskar, a yoga practice, should leave India.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won UP's state elections in a landslide by scoring an nearly three-fourths majority (325/403 seats) on the slogan of "sab ka sath, sab ka Vikas" (taking all on board, for the development of all).

Reacting to the allegations made by the experts political and parties, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli in an interview to news agency Reuters stated that, "Everyone who is prejudging the decision is doing it at their own peril - these arguments were also used in the case of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

"BJP wants to contest the 2019 polls not on the issue of development, but by polarising the voters".

The former Chief Minister's uncle further defended Adityanath for holding a puja at his official residence before moving in and said, "Doing puja is a normal practice in Hindu tradition before starting on a new project".

  • Leroy Wright