Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh CM: How international media reported the news

Yogi Adityanath's appointment invited criticism from opposition parties and leaders.

New Delhi | Updated: March 19, 2017 3:19 pm
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The elevation of five-time Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath to the post of BJP legislative party leader in Uttar Pradesh came as a surprise for many due to his controversial background. Yogi, who has often found himself in the middle of controversies because of his statements against minorities, was the party’s choice to lead the country’s most populous state after it won a two-third majority in the Assembly elections.

The announcement drew mixed reactions from the media, political circles and public. His appointment also drew sharp criticism from opposition parties who accused the BJP of propping up a divisive figure after running the poll campaign on the promise of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas‘.

Here is how the international media reported this news:

New York Times (US)

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“The choice of Yogi Adityanath — who has been repeatedly accused of stirring anti-Muslim sentiments — to lead Uttar Pradesh, came as a shock to many political observers here, who have become accustomed to the carefully moderated public positions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in line with his projected image as a pro-development leader and global statesman,” read the NYT report. It also mentioned that Yogi Adityanath had openly called for making India a Hindu nation.

Al-Jazeera (Qatar)

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The Al-Jazeera report, while calling him a firebrand in the headline, highlighted his alleged anti-Muslim stand.  It also mentioned the time when Yogi Adityanath lauded US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose travel-ban on some Muslim-majority countries. “He has also supported strong laws for cow protection, and said minority groups that oppose yoga should either leave the country or drown themselves in the sea,” stated the report.

British Broadcasting Corporation (UK)

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The BBC news report focused on the criticism surrounding Yogi’s appointment. It mentioned that the opposition leaders had criticised the decision but BJP MPs defended it. The report also quoted Congress leader Manish Tewari. ” Mr Adityanath is widely regarded as a polarising figure because of his well-publicised anti-Muslim comments. The BJP leaders probably believe that their election formula of consolidating the votes of the Hindu majority will help them to sail through the next general elections,” it added.

Dawn (Pakistan)

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One of the leading newspapers from neighboring Pakistan, Dawn used a report published by Scroll.in and retained the headline too. The report extensively talks about Yogi’s Hindutva ideology and his record as an MP from Gorakhpur. It also highlights Yogi Adityanath’s past and how he became the ‘mahant’ and also the involvement of his predecessor in Ram Janmabhoomi Movement. “In a state with nearly four crore Muslims, where the BJP decided to field not even a single candidate from the minority community in the election, the chief minister-designate could be seen as adding insult to injury, because, more than anything else, he is known for his strident anti-Muslim rhetoric,” said the report.

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    IslamForFoools
    Mar 19, 2017 at 11:24 am
    All these news agencies have ties with Islamic terrorist organisations, Al Jazeera jurNos were proven to be linked with al quida
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      IslamForFoools
      Mar 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm
      Ignorant azz, do your research, 3 jurNos from Al Jazeera not only were proven to be linked with Islamic terrorist organization al queda but also were jailed for that in musselman country called Egypt. Do research first then argue with me you useless, jihadi
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        IslamForFoools
        Mar 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm
        Your mom has fake v*gina, she cheated you, check next time. Hope that teaches you lesson for abusing Hindus
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          Zadi
          Mar 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm
          Sad refelction of IE, Macaulism. White media telling you what to think, why, the electrorate already spoke. Dawn is the one credible media in your colonised mind.
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          1. Aravindhakshan K Panicker
            Mar 19, 2017 at 11:10 am
            Yogi is a man of truth - no corruption no aggizement. Whatever progressive action he will bring in will be criticized as Hindu agenda Hindutwa etc. by pseudo secularist because they expect for a poor performance no progress for the people so that they can remain in power. Amethi and Rai Bareli were held by congress for 60 years and when you visit you will see what progress that region has got. One has to work strenuously for results. Visiting only during election is not that voters expect any more. What UP region expect is uninterrupted electricity for all regions and not demarcated as vote bank area and non-voters but for all, literature for all, irrigation and other facilities for farmers cleansing of rivers, social amenities of availability of hospitals and medicines infrastructure development of good roads and speedy transportation facilities like tram in cities and development of cities with all amenities to reduce the problems in present urban areas if these are provided then also people will notice that there is a government - and not that one who are building statues of leaders and garlanding of notes
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