For some, he is a spiritual guru, for some he is the state head, and for a few others he is quite a shrewd BJP henchman. Yogi Adithyanath has become a well known political figure, thanks to his priesthood and controversial posting as the UP chief minister. With followers, fans, disciples and haters all across the country, Yogi Adithyanath has gained much popularity nationwide for his orthodox religious exclusivism, BJP leadership and intolerance towards other religious sects. Here is a brief biography and political career of Yogi Adithyanath.
Ajay Singh Bisht (Yogi Adithyanath) was born on 5th June, 1972 in Panchur, Pauri Garhwal. Presently this village is in Uttarakhand. His father is Anand Singh Bisht, a forest range officer and his mother is Savitri Devi. His family is of the Gharhwali Rajput caste.
He pursued his higher education BSc. Mathematics from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU) in Uttarakhand.
In 1990s, he left his home and parents to join the Ayodhya Ram Temple Movement. While engaged in this movement, Ajay was predominantly influenced by Mahant Avaidyanath, a scholar and the chief parson of the Gorakhnath Math. And this influence later turned him into a student disciple of Mahant. Subsequently, he was spiritually renamed as ‘Yogi Adithyanath’, the destined successor of Gorakhnath Math, after Avaidyanath’s days. While living in Gorakhpur after being initiated, Yogi made frequent visits to his native village, later on starting a primary school there, back in 1998. His learning was further influenced by the Hindu Mahasabha and ancient Hindu cultures
Yogi’s political career began in 1998. At 26 years of age, he became the youngest person elected to be the member of the Parliament in the 12th Lok Sabha elections. The 1998-99 period saw his peak career growth. He was elected to Member of Committee on Food, Civil Supplies, Public Distribution and to its Sub-Committee B on Department of Sugar and Edible Oils as well as Member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
In 1999, Yogi Adithyanath was re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha for a 2nd term. During 1999-2000, he was an active Member of Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution and Member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
2004 witnessed a third re-election of Yogi Adithyanath to the 14th Lok Sabha. He became Member of Committee on Government Assurances, Member of Committee on External Affairs, Member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
By this time, Yogi Adithyanath had developed a strong reputation for himself in Gorakhnath constituency and the Hindu Mahasabha. He was re-elected for the fourth time to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. He was allotted Membership to the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture.
Once again in 2014 Yogi was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha with a five time winning streak from the Gorakhpur constituency. What this shows us is how well footed Yogi Adithyanath is in his own native areas as well as Hindu dominated places.
In 2017, this Hindutva “firebrand” hardliner is now appointed to rule India’s largest state.
What everyone who reads through Yogi’s political fame would be astonished with is that this man has never tasted defeat from the day he started his career in politics. Wherever he steps, he is greeted with success. Maybe it’s because of his big number of followers, or maybe it’s because of God’s grace upon a monk. Be it attributed to anything, may this politician, aged 44; younger than many fellow politicians, portray the ideal leadership in years to come.