It is possible that Yogi Adityanath is not the communal Dracula he is seen to be. He is, of course, a Hindutvavadi with a history of promoting doctrinal dogmatics of the extreme kind. But he is unlike the usual fringe zealots whose foolish statements shame their own mentors.
He is intelligent. He is capable. He is clever. Importantly, he is beholden to no one in the political hierarchy of the day, yet he is a force the hierarchy cannot ignore. He has worked out his own narrative, not always in sync with the BJP’s. Think of the implications of this exceptionality.
Think of the eight long days it took the BJP high command to name him as the chief minister choice. Obviously, there was no ready consensus. On the contrary, there must have been efforts by important elements in the high command to block him.....................Read more
Source: The New Indian Express