Yogi Adityanath Biography


Yogi Adityanath is the current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He has been the Member of Parliament since 1998 from Gorakhpur constituency. He is also the head priest of the Goraknath Math. He also founded the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an extremist as well as militant youth organisation which is known for being involved in communal violence.

Early Life and Education

Yogi Adityanath was born into a Garhwali Rajput family as Ajay Singh Bisht on 5 June 1972 in Uttarakhand to Anand Singh Bisht. His father was a forest ranger. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Uttarakhand’s Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.

In 1990 he joined Ayodhya Ram temple movement. He became the disciple of the head priest of Gorakhnath Math Mahant Avaidyanath. Subsequently, he received the name ‘Yogi Adityanath’ and also succeeded Mahant Avaidyanath.

Career in Politics

Yogi Adityanath was appointed as the head priest of Gorakhnath Math in 1994, and four years later he was elected to the Lower House of the Indian parliament. He was the youngest member in the 12th Lok Sabha. For five consecutive years, he has been elected to the Parliament from Gorakhpur.

He started Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth wing which is known for violent activities in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Relations with BJP

Initially Yogi Adityanath did not have a smooth relation with BJP. However, slowly everything became normal and he was visited by many BJP leaders in Gorakhpur. He was one of the BJP MPs in March 2010 who challenged the party whip on the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Parliament.

Yogi Adityanath was a prominent BJP campaigner in the 2017 assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh. In March 2017, after BJP won the assembly elections, he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. After he came to power, he banned cow smuggling, tobacco, pan and gutka in government offices of Uttar Pradesh and formed anti-romeo squads in the state. Also the Uttar Pradesh police suspended more than 100 policemen.

Along with holding the profile of chief minister, he is taking care of around 36 ministries himself, including Home, Housing, Revenue, Food and Civil Supplies, Food Security and drug administration, stamp and registry, Town and country planning department, Economics and statistics, Mines and Minerals, Flood control, vigilance, prison, general administration, secretariat administration, personnel and appointment, information, institutional finance, planning, urban land, estate department, UP state reorganisation committee, administration reforms, programme implementation, Relief and Rehabilitation, national integration, Rent Control, infrastructure, coordination, language, external aided project, Public Service Management, Consumer protection, weights and measures.