Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath supported Hindutva and a Hindu Rashtra for the overall development of India. Disregarding controversies, he declared that “there was nothing wrong in the Hindu Rashtra theory and taking a step forward in this direction”. He also said that his government will include Yoga in the syllabus and make it obligatory in all schools in the state.
“Hindu Rashtra ki awadharna kahin galat nahi hai … desh ki full bench ki Supreme Court ne iss par apna aadesh jaari kiya hai yeh. Hindutva koi mat, koi majhab ya upasana vidhi nahi hai. Balki it’s a way of life (There is nothing wrong in the Hindu Rashtra concept. The Supreme Court has defined Hinduism as a way of life.),” said Adityanath in an interview to Doordarshan.
He also said no one should have an issue in accepting a Hindu nation if such a move helped people live a better life.
The BJP backed Yogi’s remarks saying, the chief minister had not said anything wrong. “For far too long we have been pseudo-seculars who frowned upon anything that is Hindu. What’s wrong in the CM’s statement? He said that he would follow the path of peace and progress. Hinduism has always stood for peace,” said state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
Yogi and his Hindu Yuva Vahini have been heading a movement since long to declare India as a Hindu Rashtra. His categorical statement on Hindu Rashtra and Yoga may initiate a fresh row.