He has been selected by Prime Minister Modi as CM of India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, He is a saffron robbed Hindu priest of Gorakhpur Temple , he is highly controversial figure who is loved and hated in equal measure.
He is popularly known as Yogi and has sworn in as chief minister of CM on 19th March. He is a brilliant orator and a firebrand leader of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Five times Member of Parliament from 1998 the crowd worship him and many tell him he is reincarnation of God himself.
He is also one of the most controversial leader and critics describe him as Hindu nationalist leader. He accused muslim men induljing in love jihad and cristians for religious conversions.
His campaign promises included anti romeo squad to prevent harrasment of women and he listed protecting cows and shutting down illegal slaughterhouses as his top priorities.
Why Uttar Pradesh (UP) matters
- The state is India's most populous with more than 222 million people - if it were a separate country, it would be the fifth largest in the world, after China, India, the US and Indonesia
- It sends 80 MPs to India's parliament, more than any other state
- Several of India's prime ministers have come from UP
Yogi Adityanath's major decisions as CM
Acting on a promise made during the Assembly polls, the State government has asked the UP police to constitute “anti-Romeo squads” in 11 districts of the Lucknow zone to prevent sexual harassment incidents. The squad will be present outside schools and colleges.
Banning pan, tobacco in government buildings
Following his first visit to the secretariat annexe building in Lucknow, Mr. Adityanath directed officials to prohibit the use of pan and tobacco in government offices, hospitals, schools and colleges. He also banned the use of plastic in government offices.
According to Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, the betel stains on walls in the secretariat building put him off. The CM even made the officials take a “swachhata” (cleanliness) pledge.
Relieves non-government advisers, chairmen of their charges
The CM terminated the services of the non-government advisers, chairmen, deputy chairmen and members in corporations, committees and departments of their duties. The Samajwadi Party government had appointed 80 such advisers, who were enjoying the status and benefits of a Minister.
Crackdown on illegal slaughter houses
Also keeping with the BJP’s manifesto on closure of illegal slaughter houses, Mr. Adityanath has asked the police officials to prepare an action plan to shut such animal slaughter houses across the State. He has also called for “zero tolerance” to cow smuggling in the State.
The CM even took to his personal website - www.yogiadityanath.in – to seek public views on banning cow slaughter. Till 5 p.m. 80 per cent of the respondents favour such a ban while 19 per cent have responded in the negative.
The CM also asked officials to declare their assets within 15 days, a day after issuing a similar order to his Ministers.