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Yogi Adityanath seems to be turning a hard-nut to both BJP and RSS leadership
After one week of his taking charge of the most populous and politically crucial state of India- Uttar Pradesh, as its Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath seems to be turning a hard-nut to both BJP and RSS leadership.
Considering his independent nature and also having extensive grass-root exposure, unlike most of BJP leaders, he is succeeding in catching minds of the public in his own way. It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given all the credit for the BJP's victory in UP, until Yogi Adityanath was made Chief Minister.

Suddenly, a section of the party began hailing the Yogi for the victory and raising the slogan "Har Har Yogi''. Some even spoke of him as a future Prime Minister. Normally, no political party tolerate to project another leader as a `Prime Minister in-waiting' at a time already one leader is having mass appeal as a Prime Minister. Moreover, RSS leaders too were happy at initial stage to have a saffron clothed Yogi as head of a big state and that too one who was actively involved in Ram Janmabhumi stir to take `Hindutva ideology' forward.

The Supreme Court suggestion for a mediation on Ayodhya issue has by and large given a signal something is moving ahead on this issue. With Yogi in command of affairs in UP, many even openly stating that after BJP getting absolute majority in Rajya Sabha by next year, BJP would bring a legislation on this issue. However, till now Adityanath didn't commented on this development.

When the head of a prominent math in Ayodhya told a gathering in Gorakhpur he was confident that the Ram temple would be built now that Yogi Adityanath had become Chief Minister, the latter chose not to respond. Hours later, Adityanath put his own party on notice, telling BJP office-bearers and workers not to undertake any thekedari (contract work), and that they will have no time for "mauj masti" (entertainment).

Hinting at a law-and-order upgrade, he said "goondas" and their "patrons" will have to quit Uttar Pradesh or go to jail. As most of BJP leaders and legislators are involved in business and contractual works and the party is having large number of leaders with criminal track record, Chief Minister seems to be given a firm warning to his own party leaders. He has indicated in clear terms, he would now allow them to `misuse official machinery'.

Such an attitude is bound to create crisis with in BJP in the state. Incidentally, Adityanath is not the choice of both BJP and RSS leadership to head this crucial state. Many wonder that Modi, who had opted mostly `dummies' in other states as Chief Ministers, why opted a potential rival in UP?

In fact, Modi had backed Manoj Sinha, his business-like Minister of State for Telecom, for the chief minister's post. Modi had even conveyed the news to Sinha. Which is why Sinha flew to Varanasi to offer prayers at two key temples. But Amit Shah put a spoke in Sinha's candidature at the last minute by warning there were murmurs against Sinha from a section of the party.

There was a parallel move to install Rajnath Singh as Chief Minister. It seems both Modi and Shah were scared to allow Rajnath, fearing he would emerge as a major power center within the party. In a bid to choose between Singh and Sinha, the wily Shah suggested Yogi's name as the best compromise candidate. He felt he could be the best bet for winning the 2019 elections, since he was capable of taking tough decisions.

Such tough decisions are now set to create problems to Modi, as if people starts to compare their `doing business in governance', Yogi is bound to supersede the Prime Minister.

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