Adityanath rise most deplorable
Adityanath has made the most hostile and objectionable statements against the Muslims in recent times. He has been divisive, polarising and provocative. Whenever he made such controversial statements, the party leadership’s claim was that the views were personal and were not the party’s official views. They were dismissed often as the views of a fringe section. Adityanath’s elevation to chief ministership shows that the fringe is actually the mainstream and all claims of a distinction between the two are false. The party has also legitimised all the outlandish and dangerous views of the Hindutva bigots about which it was sometimes defensive. It has perhaps realised that it need not any longer be defensive about even the most aggressive positions on issues like secularism, nationalism and minority rights, after the overwhelming majority it received in the elections. Adityanath’s promise that the government would work without discrimination against any section may not sound convincing in view of his background. Whatever is said now, the image is the message.
After the choice of Adityanath, ideas like inclusive development and slogans like sabka saath, sabka vikas, reiterated often by Prime Minister Modi, may not sound genuine and sincere. Their credibility could verily be questioned. The vote for the BJP in UP was claimed to be a vote for development. But Adityanath has no development credentials to become the state’s chief minister. He fits well into the BJP’s political scheme, given the overtly communal and divisive campaign made by the party and its leaders in the state. The BJP may have actually started the campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with his appointment. It is bound to be too divisive and polarising.