A Hindutva agenda, backing from the RSS and VHP and experience as a five time member of Parliament. These are the factors that worked for Yogi Adityanath who will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at 2.15 pm on Sunday.
Manoj Sinha was the frontrunner for the post of CM till Saturday morning. He gave enough indictions that he would become the next CM and the union minister even visited two temples on Saturday morning. However at around 10 am on Saturday, the BJP's national president Amit Shah called Yogi to leave for Delhi immediately. Yogi was in Gorakhpur at that time.
By around 11 am, rumours had started doing the rounds. Everyone thought that Yogi was called to Delhi to discuss the appointment of ministers. However by around 12 noon, it has started becoming clear that Yogi would be the next CM. His supporters started distributing sweets and there were chants of Yogi Yogi on the streets of Lucknow.
For Yogi there were a lot of factors that worked in his favour. He is controversial, no doubt, but BJP leaders say that none should doubt his administrative skills. Moreover he has been a influential leader in UP. He holds fort in Eastern UP where the BJP has won the maximum seats in 2002, 2007 and 2012.
Even during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Yogi played a key role in organising several rallies that helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even in the just concluded UP assembly elections 2017, Yogi played a major role for the BJP with his rallies and firebrand speeches. These were the factors that led him to becoming the chief minister of UP. In a nutshell, one of the most controversial leaders of the country could not be ignored by the BJP.