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Yogi Adityanath's elevation marks end of Narendra Modi's domination?
The dramatic elevation of Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of politically crucial state of India, Uttara Pradesh, marks end to the predominance of politics being perpetrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, since his declaration as Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP in 2013.

The hype created even before the formal announcement was made a little before 7 pm on March 18, the tweets said it all. "Hindutva won, Hindus won, No place for seculars now; Jai Shri Ram" exulted one of them.

Throughout the day the media predicting Union Minister Manoj Sinha as the front runner to be crowned as the Chief Minister of UP. He was also busy doing the rounds of temples in Varanasi, giving fillip to speculation. While the media went into a tizzy following Sinha from one temple to another, he flew back to Lucknow and before the BJP legislature party meeting started around 5 pm, had boarded a flight for Delhi.

The major qualification hinted by the media for Manoj Sinha was he is close and confidant to both Modi and also BJP chief Amit Shah. For all the crucial appointments both in the government and also in the party, that was the lone major consideration. No one predicted that it would be different in UP.

For the first time, a person who is not having significant rapport with both of these two big shots in BJP is now crowed as the Chief Minister of a biggest state of the country. As a shock to many parachutes of Modi, suddenly Yogi Adityanath emerged as the Chief Minister of the state.

Though he has been a key Hindutva activist for the last two decades, he was never having cordial relationship with BJP high command. That's why he was denied berth in Modi's cabinet, besides many speculations earlier. Moreover, he is the only leader in BJP in the state having `mass appeal' other than Modi.

Naturally, Modi didn't feel comfortable with leaders having `mass appeal'. Even during assembly elections most of his followers were denied party seats. This has led to field `rebel candidates' by his Hindu Yuva Sena, with active support of local RSS cadre. Even he didn't tried to please Modi and Amit Shah seeking Chief Minister's position.

Only at a final stage on their invitation he went and met them. Emergence of Yogi Adityanath as a Hindu icon after Hindutva forces forced Narendra Modi to elevate him as Chief Minister, reflects changing sequence of power centre.

Though Modi and his supporters claiming that massive mandate in UP was to his governance, it was realised it was due to `hard work' done by Hindutva forces for the last two years in the state. It also seems to be known that people in Hindi heartland treating Modi as an `outsider'.

Once they could get their own `kingdom' in UP, they felt the need to have their own say in the affairs of governance. That's why already speculations are on rise in UP that Adityanath would be successor to Modi at New Delhi. Such speculations certainly makes position of Modi in the coming days `delicate.

Hereafter, both Modi and Amit Shah may not be in a position to dictate terms for others. It also may soon leads to dispatching Shah as Gujarat Chief Minister well before schedule of assembly elections there and also a major reshuffle in the union cabinet without `Modi mark'. Though Modi may still continue as a `crucial face' for Hindutva forces, his unilateral style of functioning may not be tolerated any more.

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