Choosing Prime Minister
Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26. He has been elected to the
Parliament from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms (in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014
Adityanath's attendance in Lok Sabha was 77% and he has asked 284 questions, participated in
56 debates and introduced three private member Bills in the 16th Lok Sabha.
Relation With BJP
Adityanath has had strained relations with the BJP for more than a decade. He often derided
and undermined the BJP, criticising its dilution of the Hindutva ideology. Having
established his own independent power base in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, with the support of the
Hindu Yuva Vahini and the Gorakhnath Math, he felt confident to be able to dictate terms to
the BJP. When his voice was not heard, he revolted by fielding candidates against the
official BJP candidates. The most prominent example was the fielding of Radha Mohan Das
Agarwal from Gorakhpur on a Hindu Mahasabha ticket in 2002, who then defeated BJP Cabinet
minister, Shiv Pratap Shukla by a wide margin. In 2007, Adityanath threatened to field 70
candidates for the state assembly against the BJP candidates. But he reached a compromise in
the end. In 2009 Parliamentary elections, Adityanath was rumoured to have campaigned against
the BJP candidates who were then defeated.
Despite his periodic revolts, Yogi Adityanath has been kept in good humour by the RSS and
the BJP leaders. The deputy prime minister L. K. Advani, the RSS chief Rajendra Singh and
the VHP chief Ashok Singhal have visited him in Gorakhpur. During 22–24 December 2006,
Adityanath organised a three-day Virat Hindu Mahasammelan at Gorakhpur at the same time as
the BJP National Executive Meet in Lucknow. Despite the conflict, several RSS and VHP
leaders attended the Mahasammelan, which issued a commitment to pursue the Hindutva goals
despite the BJP's claimed "abandonment" of them.
In March 2010, Adityanath was one of the several BJP MPs who defied the party whip on the
Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament.
In 2018, he campaigned for BJP candidate Pratap Puriji Maharaj for Rajasthan state assembly
Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh
Adityanath has praised the US President Donald Trump's decision to enact a ban on citizens
from 7 Muslim-majority countries entering the United States and has called for India to
adopt similar policies to tackle terrorism.