On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended birthday wishes to “hardworking” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Warm birthday wishes to Uttar Pradesh’s hardworking Chief Minister @myogiadityanath Ji. Yogi Ji is unwavering in his effort to transform the state. I wish him a long and healthy life in service of the people,” PM tweeted.
In office since March 19, 2017, Yogi Adityanath (46) has an image of a right-wing populist Hindutva firebrand leader.
From Mahant to CM -- Journey of Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath, born as Ajay Mohan Bisht, reportedly, left his home around the 1990s to join the Ayodhya Ram temple movement.
He came under the inspiration of Mahant Avaidyanath who was the chief priest of the Gorakhnath Math at that time. Adityanath became his disciple and later, he was given the name 'Yogi Adityanath' and chosen as the successor of the Mahant Avaidyanath.
Avaidyanath switched to the BJP in 1991. In 1994, Yogi Adityanath was appointed Avaidyanath's successor as the Mahant of Gorakhnath Math and four years later his political journey started as he was elected to the Lok Sabha (LS) for the first time.
Member of Parliament
At 26, Yogi Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha and has been elected to the Parliament from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms (1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections).
As per reports, UP CM's attendance in LS was 77%. He has asked more than 280 questions and, reportedly, participated in more than 50 debates.
On March 26, 2017, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 state Assembly elections, Yogi was appointed as CM. He was a prominent campaigner.
Presently, apart from being the CM of UP, Yogi has also been the star campaigner of the BJP in other states.
No doubt, he will play an important role in 2019 General Elections.