Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has done it again. He was made the chief minister despite the fact that he did not contest the state Assembly elections but was later named by he BJP to be the chief minister. Ever since the saffron clad Yogi took over the reins of the government, his focus has been more on the spread of Hindutva than the development of his state.
His latest statement is, therefore, not shocking but is bound to have a long term impact on his party’s political future. He said that the word ‘secular’ was the “biggest lie that has been told since the independence” and that it had ‘damaged’ the country. A man who has been brought up in an environment where he has been taught nothing but Hindutva, his statement is not unexpected. However, he seems to have forgotten that he was merely ‘imposed’ on the people of Uttar Pradesh who had voted in favour of development and progress rather than Hindutva. The BJP would be making its biggest mistake if it thinks people had been voting for it for Hindutva. Perhaps its leader would learn lessons sooner than later. Questioning secularism, which is enshrined in the constitution, is not something that he or his party are likely to get away easily with.