With Yogi Adityanath rising to become chief minister, who is the fringe now?

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.

Written by Wali Ahmad | Updated: March 19, 2017 8:47 pm
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“I find western UP unsafe. We do not face a threat in eastern UP because there we use the language that people understand and set them straight…,” Yogi Adityanath said at one of the many election rallies in Uttar Pradesh.

Call it political shrewdness or politics of polarisation, the BJP finally decided to name Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. With a brute majority of 312 MLAs, the BJP is well within its right to pick any leader it wants to lead one of the largest states in the country. Yogi’s coronation as the next UP chief minister, however, is problematic in many ways.

For long he was identified as the fringe who “doesn’t really come in the way of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of inclusiveness”. The party had cultivated and successfully set a narrative of the fringe and the mainstream voices within the party. But all along, the BJP seemed to gain from what the fringe was unleashing – the cow vigilantes, Kairana exodus, Ramzada and haramzada brigade etc. Even as political analysts were trying to read and decode the party’s massive victory in the elections, it was looking clear that BJP will form its government on the agenda of governance. 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. So what if that victory comes at the cost of social disharmony?

The facade has now crumbled. There is no more pretense and the message is loud and clear: those who promote communalism will be rewarded in the party. A Hindutva posterboy, Yogi Adityanath has always hogged the headlines for his hate speeches. In 2014, the Election Commission had ordered an FIR against him for speeches targeting the Muslim community. After the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the BJP came to power with a landslide majority, he led the hate agenda, making provocative comments, one after the other.

In the run up to the UP Assembly elections, he had compared the situation in western Uttar Pradesh to that of Kashmir. “When I look at western UP, I have regrets… when I see the social framework and demography… On January 19, 1990, Hindus had to migrate collectively from Kashmir. A massacre took place, the honour of mothers and sisters were openly tramped upon. If we have seen a sight similar to this anywhere, it was either in Bengal or western UP. Kairana and Kandhla are examples,” he had said.

Soon after the announcement of Yogi as chief minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his slogan of collective aspirations for development of India at the India Today Conclave. But if we go back to UP elections, BJP’s candidates’ list exposes the majoritarian agenda of the party – a counter claim to what PM Modi wants us to believe in. Muslims constitute close to 20 per cent of the state’s population. But the BJP didn’t find even one suitable candidate from the community to field in any of the 403 seats in the state Assembly. Well, the argument could be political expediency and winnability factor for not giving tickets to any candidate from the minority community. But the subtext of the argument is that the BJP doesn’t really care for the Muslim vote. The BJP, nevertheless, swept the polls. And soon came the claim of victory of the development agenda of the party under PM Modi and Amit Shah. But that wasn’t to be.

The development wave that was successfully sold seems to be already getting a reality check. Was there any inclusive agenda in UP at all? PM Modi had also stirred the communal pot when he invoked kabristan and shamsan during his election rallies in the state. Interestingly, these remarks were not seen as appeasement of a subtle kind.

There was always this exclusive agenda at play, just that it was coated in the charade of development plank. And Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, is perhaps the personification of that agenda.

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    IslamForFoools
    Mar 19, 2017 at 5:30 am
    Jo ram ka nahi wo Kaam ka nahi ! That's it !
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      IslamForFoools
      Mar 19, 2017 at 5:29 am
      The writer is terrorist himself, an Islamic kuran terrorist, he has no right to speak about Hindus or any other kuffer. Fck you lande. Musselman
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        IslamForFoools
        Mar 19, 2017 at 9:55 am
        Your prophet mohemmed and terrorist Allah are biggest fringe elements in not just India but the w world. Human race is suffering due to this fringe element disease
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          IML sood
          Mar 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm
          Wali Ahmed, the reporter, seems to be letting out his anguish and frustration in this report and IE is best platform for letting out their concealed feelings.
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            Kiran
            Mar 19, 2017 at 5:13 am
            How can we trust you guys ? Even Modi was a fringe before he became PM. You guys had made hi a m murderer.
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              Harsh Wadhwa
              Mar 19, 2017 at 6:21 am
              His appointment is essentially a signal to ha*te-spe*wing Mu*zzies like you, Ahmad Mian ! Stop inci*ting ha*tred in your community through your Mo*sques and Ma*darsas !
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                Nishant
                Mar 19, 2017 at 4:24 am
                Journalists, analysts, so called intellectuals may keep analysing but will not understand Modi and Amit Shah for next 20 years. So India will keep developing while they keep analysing. Long live bharat.
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                  saurabh
                  Mar 19, 2017 at 2:54 am
                  Porks have already started wailing about yogi even before he became CM.lt;br/gt;It proves only their nefarious diabolic attempt to create field for emergence of jihadi terrorism in India.
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                    Ajay G
                    Mar 19, 2017 at 9:02 am
                    I think Muslim ideny in India be merged. Only Ideny be Indian. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;That is the only way to maintain social harmony. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Script is already written. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Uniform Civil Code, removing article 370 and reconsidering basis of reservation on anvil !!
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                      archana
                      Mar 19, 2017 at 7:32 am
                      i really fail to understand one thing... India is a Hindu state by virtue of its history and the majority being HIndus.. Just because we gave space to immigrants and minorities and treated them well doesnt meant we will forget this. seriously why are even hindus think twice to accept this fact. what is wrong in it to say India is a hindu state... and so if the majority wants to head the country what is wrong in it. why so much discussion. where in the world are we supposed to loose our ideny to minorities. India is the only country where minorites are given undue priority just for votes and treated as majority and also has the most ungrateful minority lot.
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                        Ashutosh Shukla
                        Mar 19, 2017 at 6:24 am
                        You are just fanning the communal flame. Why should you lament about no muslim candidates in BJP. It is their wish. YADAV had many - MAyawati had 100 of them but they could not even retain their numbers. Why cant you think beyond Muslim. Your religion is the biggest impediment in you acceptance as a human in the world. The faster you accept it faster you will be redeemed. Islam was made for 1000 years only and that time limit has lapsed.lt;br/gt;Jai Hind
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                          BKA
                          Mar 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm
                          It seems like "You don't need brains to be a BOSS - any a-s-s-h-o-l-e will do ...."
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                            Jayanta Basu
                            Mar 19, 2017 at 3:44 am
                            Modi: Self goal ?
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                              Luxman
                              Mar 19, 2017 at 9:46 am
                              This is too much to ask for. Ram Mandir is the only and most probable outcome.
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                                Luxman
                                Mar 19, 2017 at 9:19 am
                                Agree with you. I do not think just coronation of Yogi will create any problem to Muslims.
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                                  bmniac
                                  Mar 26, 2017 at 2:34 am
                                  The writer is the fringe!
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                                    Subramanian Chandramouli
                                    Mar 19, 2017 at 6:06 am
                                    Where was this columnist and his ilk when Yadav openly talked of muslim-Yadav vote and Mayawati talked of muslim vote. Why they are silent when both LDF andUDF field only Muslim candidates in Mazhapuram and no 'sickular' talks of Hindu CM for JandK? So sickulars' preaching are for BJP only. Long live sickularism which is only for Hindus to keep them as second cl citizens in their own country.
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                                      chand datwani
                                      Mar 19, 2017 at 3:29 am
                                      let us be positive but do not expect that the wearing saffron make one above the law or error proof. let him deliver as UP has suffered sufficiently at the hands of goons. Let us be humans and not fall to religous tyranny that the world is suffering presently. Om Tat Sat
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                                        deepu
                                        Mar 19, 2017 at 4:31 am
                                        Everyone can become cm and pm in india....no problem..best of luck yogi ji..
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                                          Gilli Danda
                                          Mar 19, 2017 at 5:25 am
                                          Oh No! In the parallel universe (congress universe), only one family has the right. In second parallel universe (AAP multiverse) only one person can be honest! Did you not read history, Bharath and Hindus did not exist before the Congress or the family. Just like the secular religionists, they deeply believe that Hindus need to be saved.
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                                            Imran
                                            Mar 19, 2017 at 3:55 am
                                            India is leading towards Hindutva fascist country where Muslims are economic ly marginalised and culturlry terrorised under majorterian democracy and nationalism chauvinist. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr. JINANAH ALI was very much right when he said Muslims economic equality and cultural security would be at always at risk under hindutva majorterian democracy and nationalism.
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