Hindutva fanatics left seething by news magazine’s ‘Adityanath’s reign of terror’ cover story, UP CM called ‘priest of violence’


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.
Adityanath's reign of terro

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.”

As expected, Hindutva fanatics began to attack the news magazine for likening Adityanath to a terrorist.

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.

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