Expressed deep disappointment over the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision to elect their firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath's as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Muslim Cleric Maulana Mohammad Sajid Rashidi questioned the saffron party that how can a man with a history of propagating divisive agenda lead Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development plans for the state.
Speaking to ANI here, the cleric said, "I am deeply disappointed with BJP's selection and I don't understand how a man who is charged with attempt to murder, a person who propagates divisive agenda, can be face of Uttar Pradesh chief Minister."
Citing Adityanath's recent hate speeches against Muslims, the Maulana further said that at least 13 percent of Muslims voted for the BJP in the state assembly polls believing in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development agenda for Uttar Pradesh, but now they are deeply disappointed with latter's selection.
Adityanath had flown to New Delhi on Saturday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Adityanath, a five-time MP from the Gorakhpur constituency, was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at the age of 26.
Currently, Adityanath serves as the Mahant of Guru Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of Mahanth Aavaidyanath on September 12, 2014.
The other contenders in the race were Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union Minister Manoj Sinha, BJP leader Shrikant Sharma and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
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