India: Priest-turned-politician-turned-state leader raises concerns in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi( CNN) The appointment of a polarizing Hindu religious leader as the next chief minister of an Indian country with virtually 40 million Muslims has raised concerns about the country’s direction under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party( BJP ).

Adityanath is known for his provocative rhetoric against Muslims, including once vowing in a speech about inter-faith marriage that “If the Muslims take away a Hindu girl, we will take away 100 Muslim girls.”

Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous country with 204 million people out of which nearly a fifth are Muslim.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *