The early 1990s was a tough phase for Anand Singh Bisht. His son Ajay Singh Bisht had left his home to join the Ayodhya Ram temple movement as he wanted to go on a spiritual journey. He took up the name of Yogi Adityanath, some years later, after becoming a disciple of Mahant Avaidyanath of Gorakhnath temple and is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh today.
So what does Anand Singh Bisht has to say about his son’s journey?
“I hope he will show respect for all religions,” Anand Singh Bisht, Adityanath’s father, told The Economic Times. “He should stick to BJP’s one-liner: Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikash. The slogan accommodates everyone — the poor, rich, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian. Ab jimmedari badi ho gayee hai (The responsibility has got bigger).”
Bisht, who retired as a range officer with the Uttarakhand forest department, claimed that his son gave up communalism and Hindutva long time back and believes his son will stay away from such politics.
He said that the image of his son being a Hindu headliner was perhaps under the influence of his guru Mahant Avaidyanath and claimed that Yogi Adityanath was more of a “development-oriented” person.
“I know him as a development-oriented person. His good quality is that he never deviates from him mission.”
Recalling Yogi’s younger days from the village, Bisht said, “He is a good orator. He drew huge crowds at his meetings. It shows people love him.”
Yogi’s younger brother, who is the head priest of Gorakhnath temple, refused to call the 44-year-old CM a Hindu hardliner.
“Since he is head of a Hindu Peeth (he is head priest of Gorakhnath temple), it is but natural for him to propagate his religion. So far as politics is concerned, he always talks about development.”
H/T: The Economic Times
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