Hindutva fanatics have taken to social media to express their discomfort after a news magazine carried a cover story titled ‘Adityanath’s reign of terror’ and referred to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister as ‘priest of violence.’ Angry Hindutva fanatics been attacking The Caravan magazine for its adverse cover story on Adityanath just before the elections.
While sharing the cover story, The Caravan tweeted, “Adityanath has styled himself as a combination of Hindu monk and hardcore Hindutva activist. His declarations of communal antipathy are so open and frequent that even Modi and Shah might appear moderate in comparison.”
The report added that ‘in the battle of public perceptions, Modi faces a challenge from Adityanath, who has the advantage of being an initiated yogi—for whom saffron is not just the colour of his political banner but also of his sectarian identity.’
The report quoted one of Adityanath’s collegemates as saying, “I was surprised when I heard he became a sadhu because at the time he was definitely not a person with any spiritual tendencies.”
“I was surprised when I heard he became a sadhu because at the time he was definitely not a person with any spiritual tendencies,” Adityanath’s collegemate said.
Dhirendra Jha writes: https://t.co/H2zWLCNS6p
— The Caravan (@thecaravanindia) January 1, 2022
As expected, Hindutva fanatics began to attack the news magazine for likening Adityanath to a terrorist.
This reign of terror of @myogiadityanath ji is against Lutyens media like @thecaravanindia supported by white collared terrorists , Urban naxals , Khalistani’s , Congis.
India is safe from enemies within under the shadow of #Modi & #Yogi.
Your days are numbered . pic.twitter.com/NF8ls7MDe1
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 1, 2022
I have registered a complaint against @thecaravanindia for publishing a picture of the @myogiadityanath CM of Uttar Pradesh, with a caption “ADITYANATH’S REIGN OF TERROR” and another picture with wordings “PRIEST OF VIOLENCE”@Uppolice @ghaziabadpolice @shalabhmani @vivekanandg pic.twitter.com/XOSJCK5enR
— Yukti Rathi (@AdvYuktiRathi) January 1, 2022
Reign of Terror for Jihadis, Mafias, Ateek’s, Ansari’s, Sapai’s, CONgressis and every anti social element. https://t.co/YUKFFcVSil
— Rais Pathan (@PathanRaisKhan) January 1, 2022
Adityanath, who began his political career by launching a Hindu terror outfit, Hindu Yuva Vahini, in Uttar Pradesh was appointed as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh after the BJP won an overwhelming majority in the 2017 assembly polls. While holding a constitutional post, the former Hindu militant leader has made no pretence about his hatred for Muslims in his state. Almost all his election speeches and newspaper ads are dominated by his hatred for the Muslim community.
He faced several cases of attempt to murder, disturbing communal harmony, trespassing on burial places, rioting, armed with deadly weapon, defiling a place of worship and promoting mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage among others. But soon after becoming the chief minister, he ordered the withdrawal of all criminal cases against him. The judiciary remained a mute spectator on Adityanath making a mockery of India’s criminal justice system.