When Yogi Adityanath appeared as a surprise last minute choice for the post of Uttar Pradesh CM after BJP virtually annihilated the entire opposition in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, a section of Media and even BJP supporters expressed dismay. Uttar Pradesh has forever been a backward state featuring right at the bottom in almost every list that indicates prosperity and progress of a state and its people. Uttar Pradesh’s very own Donald Trump is set to take over as the state’s chief minister. Yogi Adityanath has been the media’s favorite punching bag and the bête noire of the pseudo-liberal establishment of India and hence the first argument against him was that UP needed a Man of Manoj Sinha’s caliber who was educated and suave and not a saffron clad monk known for strong “Anti Muslim” statements. Anti-Muslim yes that has been the constant tag associated with Yogi Adityanath. His Lok Sabha Seat Gorakhpur has never witnessed a communal riot barring a few minor scuffles, Yogi has never hobnobbed with any extremist element but still Media went ahead and branded him anti-Muslim.
So How Anti-Muslim Yogi Adityanath actually is?
This Quora Answer might help in understanding it.
The Question was – Has anybody changed their opinion on Yogi Adityanath, and why?
Quora User Vaibhav Pandey came up with a fascinating answer, rather an account he heard from a Muslim Friend. But first the necessary disclaimers:
1.) We do not vouch for the authenticity of the story, this is merely a replication of what the aforementioned Quora User added as an answer
2.) The Grammar and general flow of this article can be slightly off in the article because we haven’t made changes to the original answer
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I want to tell you that I hate politics and you will never find any of my answers related to politics so let us talk about the answer without involving any political party.
Few years ago, when Yogi ji was a BJP MP and was spending most of his time in Gorakhpur, he came in limelight of media and 99% of the people of UP. Gorakhpur is a hub of higher education for most of the students who can’t afford to go to metro cities for their education and so every year a lot of students come to Gorakhpur for their education related purposes.
Two of my Muslim friends came to Gorakhpur with all of their bag and baggages for IIT JEE preparation. When it comes to Muslims, it’s quite obvious that most of the landlords directly refuse their seek of a house and as they were not from financially rich backgrounds so they couldn’t afford the hostels. They were very frustrated and were facing realy hard time in searching a room for themselves. After spending 3 nights on railway platform with all their belongings they decided to go back to their village.
Then someone suggested them to go to Janta darbaar in which Yogi ji used to solve public problems. First of all they hesitated to go there thinking that how can a leader who is well known for his anti-Muslim fame will help them but they did not had any other option.
It was their last hope. So they went wearing their skull cap to yogi ji and told their problems, Yogi ji wrote something on their paper pad and gave it back to them. Then they lived for one year in one of finest hostel with affordable prices near their temple without facing any problem.
I know that this is a very small incident, but this type of incident shows the root of character of a person. He could have simply refused to help them but no, he decided to help them. There are a lot of things that people don’t know about Yogi ji.
So how do I know about all this is because I am from Gorakhpur.