Yogi Adityanath was born on 5 June, 1972 in a Gharwali Rajput family in Uttarakhand. His birth name was Ajay Singh Bisht. He completed his primary education from the local schools of Pauri and Rishikesh. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
In the year 1990, he joined Ayodhya Ram temple movement and became the disciple of the head priest of Gorakhnath Math Mahant Avaidyanath. Subsequently, he got the name ‘Yogi Adityanath’ and also succeeded Mahant Avaidyanath.
Mahant Avaidyanath named Yogi Adityanath his successor in the year 1994 and became the head priest of the Gorakhnath Math. Therefore, he was also named as the successor of Gorakhnath Math. Then, it was his duty to manage schools, colleges, and hospitals which were run by the Gorakhnath Trust Fund.
In the year 1998 Yogi Adityanath became the youngest member to be elected to the 12th Lok Sabha at 26 years’ age. Along with holding the profile of chief minister, he is taking care of around 36 ministries himself, including Home, Housing, Revenue, Food and Civil Supplies, Food Security and drug administration, stamp and registry, Town and country planning department, Economics and statistics, Mines and Minerals, Flood control, vigilance, prison, general administration, secretariat administration, personnel and appointment, information, institutional finance, planning, urban land, estate department, UP state reorganization committee, administration reforms, programmer implementation, Relief and Rehabilitation, national integration, Rent Control, infrastructure, coordination, language, external aided project, Public Service Management, Consumer protection, weights and measures.
In 2004 he was re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (3rd term) Member, Committee on Government Assurances; Member, Committee on External Affairs; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs and in 2009 he was re- elected for the fourth term and became a member of transport, tourism and culture committee.
In 2017, he was a prominent BJP campaigner in assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh. After BJP won the assembly elections, in 2017, he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. When he came to power, he banned cow smuggling, tobacco, pan and gutka in the government offices of Uttar Pradesh. He also formed anti-romeo squads in the state. More than 100 policemen were also suspended under his period.Yogi Adityanath is the current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Social and Cultural Activities
Yogi Adityanath provided hostel facilities for socially and economically weaker and backward children. He raises awareness against religious and social conventions and evils.
He is also running more than two dozen educational institutions and working to extend the health facilities in the rural areas.
Several spiritual and cultural organisations are also run by him including the centres of the oldest meditation system of India and the centre of a prominent philosophical sect of Nath Panth.
Yogi Adityanath has several criminal cases against him. Some of the charges are rioting, attempt to murder, armed with deadly weapon, endangering life or personal safety of others, unlawful assembly, trespassing on burial places and criminal intimidation. In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a purification drive for conversion of Christians to Hinduism. In 2015, Yogi Adityanath said that those who oppose yoga can leave India and that they should be drowned. Adityanath likened Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and asked him to go to Pakistan.