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The odyssey of two mukhya mantris of Uttar Pradesh
"But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in." - Junot Diaz, 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath is on a two-day foreign tour to Myanmar to participate in International Conference on Environment.

He will remain there for next two days. This will be Yogi Adityanath's first foreign tour after becoming the Chief Minister on March 19, 2017.

I'm sure it would have nothing to do about Rohingya Muslims – the brutally prosecuted minority of Myanmar. It is unfortunate that some developments back home might cause some constrain and disturb the peace of his mind. It relates to a hate speech he is alleged to have made in past.

Just to refresh the fast changing scenario, we can recall the recent visit of Shri Narendra Modi ji to Israel. It was a great political success in India and Israel as we new built the bridges with a country that is also well known for its brutal suppression of Palestinians.

As this article relates the tale of two mukhya mantris of UP – one ex and one new, let me begin with the Dharmic and Rajnitik Yatra of Shri Yogi Adityanath ji though most of it would be fresh in the minds of readers. However, a brief description about the background of this new star of BJP galaxy would help to understand what he does and why he does?

He was born as Ajay Mohan Bisht on 5 June, 1972, in the village of Panchur, in Pauri Garhwal, then a part of UP. His father, Anand Singh Bisht was a forest ranger. He completed his bachelor's degree from HNBG University in newly found state of Uttarakhand and left his home around the 1990s.

He joined the RT movement and came under the influence of Mahant Avaidyanath, the chief priest of the Gorakhnath Math. He was given the name 'Yogi Adityanath' and designated as the successor of the Mahant Avaidyanath. Following the death of Mahant Aavaidyanath on 12 September, 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Mahant or high priest of the Gorakh nath Math.

Yogi Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26. He has been elected to the Parliament from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms (in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections). After his first electoral win, Adityanath started his own militant youth wing HYV (Hindu Yuva Vahini, which has been known for violent activities in the eastern UP.)

The recent bone of contention is a provocative video of BJP Member of Parliament Yogi Adityanath exhorting Hindu men to marry 100 Muslim women if one Hindu woman is forcibly converted, which surfaced in past.

"If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslims girls," the MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is seen as saying to a crowd of about a thousand people in the undated video posted on YouTube.

"The way Hindu girls are insulted, I don't think a civilised society would accept it. One community is allowed to spread anarchy. If the government is not doing anything, then the Hindus will have to take matters into their own hands," Adityanath says.

It is not clear where in Uttar Pradesh did Adityanath make that speech. Asked by media to confirm if he indeed made those remarks, the firebrand BJP leader said, "It is the media's responsibility to get a video examined before showing it."

The Allahabad High Court on Monday permitted the petitioners to challenge the UP government's refusal to grant sanction to prosecute Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — the prime accused in the 2007 Gorakhpur hate speech case. A two-member bench dismissed the UP government's objections to the petitioners' contention that the prime accused had become the CM of the state and is thus, influencing the case in his favour. It also pulled up the state advocate general for being absent during hearings in the "important and serious case".

While hearing final arguments in the case, the bench had last week observed that people "cannot be left remedy-less" while asking the state counsel to substantiate what legal remedies were the petitioners left with when the state, in its May 3 order, had refused to grant the mandatory sanction for the prosecution of the chief minister.

Dismissing both Singh and Goel's arguments as "meaningless", the bench told Singh: "There will be absolutely no alternate remedy for the petitioner… Decide amongst yourselves what argument you want to put forward… There is lack of conferencing amongst yourselves."

"We are passing a restraint order on the advocate general to remain here in Allahabad. You must have come down today and that is why you are not on the same page (with fellow counsels)… Stay here at least for this case… For most of the time, you are away in Lucknow when the principal seat of the advocate general is Allahabad… This is such a serious matter," it added.

Eventually noting that the state counsel could not "substantiate" its primary objections to the petitioners' request for an amendment to the original writ petition, the bench dismissed the UP government's plea for a rejection of the amendment.

The bench gave the petitioners' counsel, Farman Naqvi, a day to submit an amended writ petition, which will be heard on August 9. The amended writ petition will challenge Adityanath's May 3 order refusing to grant sanction to prosecute himself in the case.

"In the fresh petition, we are highlighting the imminent bias arising in the legal process by virtue of the changed circumstances of the prime accused becoming the CM of the state overseeing the investigation of the case," Naqvi told to press.

The original writ petition filed by Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hayat — through Naqvi — had asked for the probe of the case to be transferred to an independent agency because the "UP Police was deliberately delaying investigation".

The ex-mukhya mantri  Kalyan Singh, the Governor of Rajasthan since 4 September, 2014 is an interesting saga of Aya Ram Gaya Ram from BJP Marquee.

He is a politician with a colourful past from the state of UP. He has served two terms as the mukhya mantri of Uttam Pradesh before and was appointed Governor of Rajasthan. His achievement, if you want to call it, is his role in the Babri Masjid demolition. Addressing reporters in Etah, Kalyan Singh once said that he owes full responsibility for the demolition of the 16th-century mosque in Ayodhya on 6 December, 1992.

So, there is no point in calling him an accused. Of course, he is a confessor. According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the Babri Masjid demolition case, just after becoming chief minister, he, with his colleagues, "visited Ayodhya and took a vow to construct Ram temple there itself."

In October 1991, his government acquired 2.77 acres of land around the "Babri Masjid Complex" under a government notification for the purpose of "promoting tourism".

 In July 1992, the Sangh Parivar laid the foundation for the proposed Ram temple by digging around the Babri Masjid and filling the area with 10-foot (3.0 m)-thick layer of reinforced cement concrete. Kalyan Singh's government called it a "platform" for performing bhajans while the VHP declared it as the foundation for Ram temple.

Kar Seva was supposed to be conducted in Ayodhya on 6 December, 1992 and he filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court that as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, he will not allow any damage to the mosque. However, Kar Sevaks demolished Babri Masjid on that day. Taking the moral responsibility, he resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in the evening.

He was let down by the BJP but resigned his post and party membership on 20 January, 2009. He joined hands with so-called Samajwadis and announced that he would campaign for the SP in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

On 14 November, 2009, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the poor performance of the party at the Firozabad Lok Sabha by-election was due to the loss of Muslim support because of Kalyan Singh. The mercurial Kalyan was back with a new card. In January 2010, he announced the formation of a new Hindutva-oriented political party, the JKP (Jan Kranti Party). It was a fiasco of his career. And he was back with the BJP.

On 4 September, 2014, Kalyan Singh was sworn in as Governor of Rajasthan.

In April 2017, the Supreme Court invoked the maxim — 'Let justice be done though the heavens fall' — on Wednesday and exercised its extraordinary constitutional powers under Article 142 to order a joint trial of the dual Babri Masjid demolition cases and revive criminal conspiracy charges against BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders.

The court has kept the trial against Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, who was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister at the time of the Babri masjid demolition, in abeyance. It held that Singh was protected from prosecution by the constitutional immunity his Governor's post allows him under Article 361.

But the Lucknow judge will frame charges and commence criminal prosecution against Singh the moment he steps down as Governor.

Khel abhi baqi hai.....

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