Firebrand Yogi and his controversial remarks

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Firebrand BJP leader from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, was named as the Chief Minister designate for Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

Adityanath is a controversial and communal figure in UP, but he has a strong following in eastern UP. He has time and again made statements aimed at polarising the state. His remarks have made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Yogi Adityanath

Let's take a look at some of the controversial remarks by Adityanath:

Love Jihad:

Speaking on the love jihad issue, Yogi had said that if they (Muslims) convert one Hindu girl then we (Hindus) will convert a 100 Muslim girls.

Hindu gods in Mosques:

In 2015, Adityanath had said that if given a chance he would place a statues of Gauri and Ganesh in all the Mosques across the country.

No entry to non-Hindus:

Adityanath had said, "If non-Muslims are not allowed in Mecca and non-Christians are prohibited in the Vatican, then how can everyone come here."

On Yoga and Suryanamaskar:

He had said that those opposing Yoga should leave the country. He said those unwilling to do Suryanamaskar should drown themselves in sea.

On Shahrukh Khan:

He had compared Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan with dreaded terrorist Hafiz Saeed. He said that Khan should remember that the majority population made him a star. If they boycott his films, he would wander on the streets. It is unfortunate that he is speaking the language of Hafiz Saeed, he had said.

Muslims and population:

He said high population growth among Muslims will cause imbalance in the society.

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