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Five-time BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has been chosen as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.BJP leader Yogi Adityanath is a fiery Hindutva mascot who has developed a reputation of being controversy’s favourite child over a period of time.

Mahant Yogi Adityanath (born Ajay Singh Negi; 5 June 1972) is an Indian priest and politician with a “firebrand Hindutva (nationalism)” image.he has been a Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur Constituency, Uttar Pradesh for five consecutive terms since 1998. Adityanath is also 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.

Clad in his trademark saffron-coloured robe, Adityanath said he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” (With all and development of all) and ensure all round development of the state. “I am confident that the state will march on the path of development,” he said.

Mr Adityanath will have two deputies in Keshav Prasad Maurya, the party’s UP chief, and Dinesh Sharma, who has been Lucknow Mayor for many years and led the party’s membership drive in the state.

The Yogi said his efforts would be to provide “good governance” in the state. He thanked party MLAs for reposing faith in him.

Yogi Adityanath, 46, who had flown to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today, returned to Lucknow on a chartered plane and joined a meeting of the party’s 312 new MLAs, where he was elected to lead them in the state legislature and be Chief Minister. He will take oath along with his ministers at 2.15 pm tomorrow at Lucknow’s sprawling Smriti Upvan complex near the Ambedkar memorial. The BJP has planned a massive show of strength, with PM Modi, BJP president Amit shah, many union ministers and BJP chief ministers attending.

Yogi Adityanath is known for his provocative speeches and mass following across the state and never shies away from making controversial remarks, be it about Islam or Pakistan.

During the intolerance debate in the media, Adityanath compared Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed.

He had said, “Shah Rukh Khan should remember that majority population of the country made him the star, and if they boycott his films, he will also have to wander on streets. It is unfortunate SRK is speaking the same language that of Hafiz Saeed.”

He also made a request that those who see communalism in even Sun God should drown drown themselves in the sea or live in a dark room for the rest of their lives.

He had floated Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing outfit, in 2002. Ever since, the HYV has been largely instrumental in his meteoric rise – from a student leader to five-time MP.

Adityanath,the diminutive shaven headed politician is known for his powerful oratory, though most of his speeches hinge on divisive lines and has been in the forefront in keeping the communal politics alive in the country.

Adityanath, who is a strong votary of construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, drove BJP’s Hindutva campaign in eastern UP in the just concluded Assembly polls in the politically crucial state where it won three- fourths majority.