Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath, nee Ajay Singh Bisht is the new chief minister of U P. Yogi literally means 'one who unites'. In a spiritual sense, yogi unites the jivaatma with the paramaatma. Adityanath, arguably the most popular BJP leader in U P, did unite voters with the party. The question now is would he unite the people with the government.

Paradoxically most of his statements in the past have been more divisive than unifying. Positions of political power are known to change people. It is moot if Yogi Adityanath would become a more mellowed person on becoming the chief minister of the largest state in India. Hopefully his incorruptibility would not change.

Narendra Modi is known to take big risks. Choice of the new chief minister is a typical manifestation of that trait of the prime minister. If Adityanath delivers good governance, it would go a long way in ensuring Modi's return to power in 2019. If he only follows the likes of Mayawati and Akhilesh without focusing on development, he will end up uniting the opposition parties against the BJP. Time will tell.

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