Yogi Adityanath endorses the concept of Hindu Rashtra
He said there was nothing incongruous with such a move if it helped the people and the country.
He said that the Supreme Court too had defined "Hinduism as a way of life" and hence no one "should have a problem in accepting a Hindu nation".
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In his first TV interview as the CM, Adityanath went on to claim that politics was meant for "yogis, not bhogis (ie for them who sacrifice, and not the greedy ones)".
He further said there was nothing wrong with being a Yogi and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said Modi too was a yogi as he had made "sacrifices" for the nation.
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07 Apr 2017
BJP supports Adityanath's Hindu Rashtra comments
The BJP supported Yogi's comments about the Hindu Rashtra maintaining that the chief minister "had not said anything wrong".
The state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak that Yogi was right in his statements and for "too long we have been pseudo-seculars who frowned upon anything that is Hindu."
He further added that Hinduism has always stood for peace.
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The times when Yogi went too far to advocate Hinduism
In the past Yogi Adityanath has gone ahead and hailed the name change of places, giving them Hindu names like Gorakhpur's Miyan Bazaar became Maya Bazaar, Ali Nagar to Arya Nagar, and Urdu Bazaar to Hindi Bazaar.
Controversially, he had said that he wanted to place Ganesha idols in every mosque.
In June 2015, he's said those opposing Surya namaskar should drown themselves.
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