fredag 11. mars 2022

Yogi Adityanath: The Hindu hardliner in India who scripted election history

India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set for a comfortable win in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), breaking a jinx of a quarter of a century for any party to win a second consecutive term there. Leading the party's campaign from the front has been incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the shaven-headed, saffron-robed Hindu monk-turned-politician.

His impending victory comes despite there having been no apparent electoral wave in his favour. He's also been fighting anti-incumbency after five years in office - and saboteurs reportedly acting against him within his own party. Last week, I watched him campaign in his eastern constituency of Gorakhpur, where he is the head priest of an influential temple.