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Chief minister's choice criticised

08:59 Mon Mar 20, 2017


Taken from/By: BBC News
Report by: BBC News

India’s governing party has chosen a controversial Hindu religious leader known for anti-Muslim rhetoric as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state.

Yogi Adityanath, 44, has said minorities that oppose yoga should leave the country.

He once compared Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to a Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed, reports say.

Uttar Pradesh has a population of 200m people. About a fifth are Muslim.

The governing Bharatiya Janata Party won a landslide victory in the state last week with the biggest majority there since 1980. The win came after a campaign personally led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



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