Understand the importance of Yogi Adityanath in the BJP
Yogi Adityanath, apart from being a strong administrator of Uttar Pradesh, is a part of the muscular Hindutva brand for BJP. Yogi Adityanath is the go-to man for BJP whenever they need to fuel to Hindu theme of their party. He has become a very important face for BJP since his appointment as the CM of the most populous state of the country. He never misses an opportunity to dominate the internal discussion of prime time debate topics of the media houses. One can always find a reaction from the Hindu Monk when Hindutva is under discussion.
It doesn’t matter where the election is being conducted, BJP always fields Yogi Adityanath to hold at least one rally in the state. One can always find UP CM’s name in the star campaigner’s list. Gone are the days when he was sought only in Northern India, Yogi Adityanath is being called in the southern part of India. Very recently, he was called to Telangana for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation civic body polls. Earlier he was chosen in the 30-member list of star campaigners in the Bihar election. Prior to this, he was an important face for BJP during the Delhi Election at the start of the year. Even during the general election 2020, he was given the responsibility of doing rallies across the nation.
There could be questions on the ill-governance and rising crimes in the state, he still stays an important face as long as he attracts voters. His image of an aggressive administrator created due to the initiatives like police encounters, anti-Romeo squad, and brutal action against Citizenship Amendment Act, has somehow dented the image of BJP which says that it has been tolerant for everyone.
Importance of UP CM Yogi Adityanath
Yet, the popularity, his appeal across castes, political heft, and his demonstration of strong Hindutva agenda makes him a perfect weapon for the party to use against someone like AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi. The BJP had targeted various issues while appointing him the new CM of the state. Yogi is the perfect choice in terms of political narrative because BJP didn’t give tickets to any Muslim candidate in the 2017 UP election.
The UP CM has helped BJP to overshadow the caste politics of SP, BSP, RJD, JDU and other caste-based parties as Hindutva has helped the party reach all castes. Yogi has kept the religion in the forefront to keep the edge that BJP gained in the last Assembly election in UP. Yogi also boasts of a vocal and dedicated cadre support which helps BJP in strategizing and planning the elections.
Entrusting Yogi Adityanath also gives BJP an idea of how the extreme Hindutva agenda will help the party. The party has gained almost everything because of the Hindutva ideology it targeted since the 1992 Rath Yatra.
However, the Modi-Shah duo will keep Yogi Adityanath in check as they won’t want another UP leader to control the BJP at the center any soon. Yogi Adityanath has the potential to overshadow the flamboyant image of Narendra Modi, so he will be kept under check.
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