Yogi Adityanath

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महंत योगी आदित्यनाथ
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Member of the India Parliament
for Gorakhpur
In office
1998 – Present
Preceded by Mahant Avaidyanath
Personal details
Born 5 June 1972 (age 44)
Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Unmarried
Residence Gorakhnath Mandir, Gorakhpur
Alma mater H.N.B. Garhwal University
Religion Hinduism (Nath Sampradayey)
Website Yogi Adityanath Official Web
As of 26 May, 2014
Source: [1]

Mahanth Yogi Adityanath (born Ajay Singh; 5 June 1972) is an Indian politician and a priest. He is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament who has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) since 1998. Adityanath is the Mahant or head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of his spiritual “father,” Mahant Avaidyanath in September 2014. He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth who seek to provide rightist Hindu platform.[1]

Early life[edit]

Yogi Adityanath comes from a Rajput family[2][3]

Political career[edit]

Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26. He has been elected as an MP from Gorakhpur to the Lok Sabha in the 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections.[4] He is the successor to former Hindu Mahasabha president Mahant Avaidyanath at the Gorakhpur temple.[5] He holds a B. Sc. from the H.N.B. Garhwal University in Srinagar, Uttarakhand.[5][6]

Mahanth of Gorakhnath Temple[edit]

Currently he is Mahant of Guru Gorakhnath Temple, following the death of Mahanth Aavaidyanath on 12th Sept 2014. Yogi Adityanath was made Peethadheshwar of Gorakhnath Temple amid traditional rituals of the Nath sect on 14th Sept 2014.

Political controversies[edit]


In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a purification drive which involved the conversion of Christians to Hinduism. In one such instance, 1,800 Christians were reportedly converted to Hinduism in the town of Etah in Uttar Pradesh.[7]

Riots and Arrest[edit]

In January 2007, an altercation occurred amidst a Hindu group and Muslims during a Muharram procession in Gorakhpur which led to the hospitalisation of a young Hindu, Raj Kumar Agrahari. The District Magistrate made it clear that Adityanath should not visit the site as it may inflame tensions. He initially agreed but after Agrahari died, he disobeyed the magistrate and travelled to the site with a group of his followers. Adityanath started a non-violent dharna on the site. However inflammatory speeches were made and some of his followers set fire to a nearby mazar (Muslim mausoleum).[8][9] A curfew was implemented by the local police, but Adityanath broke it and was subsequently jailed under Section 151A, Sections 146, 147, 279, 506 of the Indian Penal Code. He was arrested and remanded for a fortnight, on charges of disturbing peace.[10][11] His arrest led to further unrest and several coaches of the Mumbai bound Mumbai-Gorakhpur Godan Express were burnt, allegedly by protesting Hindu Yuva Vahini activists.[12] The day after the arrest, the District Magistrate along with the local police chief, were transferred and replaced. This was “widely perceived” as a result of “Adityanath’s clout” with the Uttar Pradesh government of Mulayam Singh Yadav.[8][11][13] The tensions soon escalated to riots across Gorakhpur leading to the burning of mosques, homes, buses and trains.[7] [8] After his release, Adityanath protested his jailing in the Parliament.[14]


In March 2011, the documentary film Saffron War – Radicalization of Hinduism[15] accused Adityanath of promoting communal disharmony through a Virat Hindustan rally in rural Uttar Pradesh. Adityanath shared the stage during a hate speech in which an unidentified speaker urged the Hindu audience to dig up the graves of Muslim women and rape the corpses. Recording of this event went viral on social media in March 2015.[16] In August 2014, aspiring Congress Party “spokesman” Shehzaad Poonawala wrote to the National Commission for Minorities demanding that a police First Information Report be filed against Yogi Adityanath.[17]


In June 9th 2015, Yogi Adityanath declared that those who oppose Yoga can leave India and they should be drowned.[18]

Shah Rukh Khan[edit]

Adityanath compared Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and asked him to go to Pakistan. “Shah Rukh Khan should remember that if a huge mass in society would boycot his films, he will also have to wander on streets like a normal Muslim….I am saying these people are speaking in a terrorist’ language. [19][20]


On 3 January 2016, one day after an assault on an Indian air force base in Pathankot, Adityanath blamed the assault on Pakistan, claiming “The Pathankot attack has once again proved that Satan could change for the better but Pakistan cannot”.[21]

Relations with the BJP[edit]

Adityanath has had a strained relation with the BJP for more than a decade.[22] With the emergence of a separate powerbase in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, he has been seeking greater power, causing further conflicts.[23]

On 22–24 December 2006, Adityanath organised a three-day Virat Hindu Mahasammelan at Gorakhpur, during the same period when the BJP was holding its National Executive Meet in Lucknow in the same state. The Uttar Pradesh Elections, 2007 saw a conflict between Adityanath and the BJP leadership – he wanted more than hundred seats in this region to go to candidates selected by him, but the party leadership would not agree. Subsequently a compromise agreement was reached, possibly with inputs from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,[24] and eight of his candidates were fielded.[25]

In March 2010, Adityanath was one of several BJP MPs who stated defiance to the party whip on the Women’s Reservation Bill.[26]

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