Mahant Yogi Adityanath (born Ajay Singh Negi; 5 June 1972) is an Indian priest and politician with a “firebrand Hindutva (Hindu nationalism)” image. A star campaigner for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, he is the current Chief Minister designate of the state. Prior to this, he has been a Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur Constituency, Uttar Pradesh for five consecutive terms since 1998. Adityanath is also the Mahant or head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of his spiritual “father,” Mahant Avaidyanath in September 2014. He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth who seek to provide rightist Hindu platform.
Early life and education:
Yogi Adityanath comes from a Garhwali Rajput family. He was born in the village Panchur, Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar (Garhwal), Uttarakhand.
Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26. He has been elected as an MP from Gorakhpur to the Lok Sabha in the 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections. He is the successor to former Hindu Mahasabha president Mahant Avaidyanath at the Gorakhnath temple. He holds a B.Sc. from the H.N.B. Garhwal University in Srinagar, Uttarakhand.