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