Person of the Week: Yogi Adityanath


Person of the Week: Yogi Adityanath

Illustration: Akshita Monga


s the world mourned the loss of one of the greatest scientific minds to have ever existed, Arnab Goswami held a workshop on his Republic TV to mourn the loss of a bypoll seat in Uttar Pradesh. Like a mother who had just found out that her son failed a math exam, Goswami chided BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra over his party’s lack of drive to win elections. He was referring to last week’s bypolls for two seats in Uttar Pradesh that the Samajwadi Party won. Pretty normal political affair you say? Wait until you hear the plot twist: The seats used to be governed by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya. Cue generic news intro music because this party just went national.

Much like Arnab Goswami, other news anchors were eager to predict what this bypoll loss meant for humanity. Does this mean BJP will not win the 2024 elections? Will the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party relationship now win elections in a Prague #bhaipoll? Are we seeing the biggest, most dynamic political shift the world has ever seen? And of course, the ever pertinent, “ab mandir kaun banayega”?