Amina, a Muslim woman was seen waiting at the Gorakhnath temple, the residence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hoping for some relief. On March 14, Amina was beaten up brutally by strongmen from her own community but the police have still not acted against her perpetrators. Hoping to get justice, she along with her relative has come to Yogi's Gorakhpur office.
“I was working in the farm and some men beat me badly. No one is listening to my plea and therefore I have come to Yogi Adityanath's place. I am sure that I will get justice from here”, said Amina, the victim.
Abdul Nazir's wife's kidneys have failed and wants an advanced treatment done in Lucknow's biggest government hospital. For this, he came to seek a recommendation letter from Adityanath which he received instantly.
“I have got a letter from Yogi Adityanath's office and will be able to get better treatment done in Lucknow now," said Nazir.
YOGI - A MESSIAH
These are just a couple of voices which show the kind of clout Yogi Adityanath enjoys in Gorakhpur and in many parts of Purvanchal. The new chief minister is seen by many as a messiah cutting across religious lines.
The new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh may be known for his controversial comments, practicing hardliner Hindutva politics and carrying out a campaign against cow slaughter but people in Gorakhpur believe he has been wrongly projected all these years.
“I have never heard wrong about Yogi Adityanath. He hates wrong people and wrong activities He may be practicing the politics of Hindus but he does not hate Muslims. Had he hatred for Muslims, he would have stopped them from coming to the Gorakhnath temple to meet him. Muslims voted for him also, ” said Junaid Ahmed Ansari.
“At the temple everyone is treated equally and there is no discrimination. Everyone's work gets done from here,” said Vikas Pandey, a local.
However, as far as the issue of cow slaughter is concerned, people from the Muslim community are at unease and believe that the matter should be resolved by the political leaders rather than debating over it. But for many in Gorakhpur, Yogi is just more than a Hindu hardliner leader who makes provocative speeches.