Mahant Yogi Adityanath is an Indian priest and politician with a "firebrand" Hindutva image.
Hindu nationalism has been collectively referred to as the expressions of social and political thought, based on the native spiritual and cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent.
Hindutva, or "Hinduness", a term popularised by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in 1923, is the predominant form of Hindu nationalism in India.
Hindu refers to any person who regards themselves as culturally, ethnically, or religiously adhering to aspects of Hinduism.
He was appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, a state in north India, in March 2017 after Bharatiya Janata Party secured majority in the 2017 state assembly elections in which he was a prominent campaigner.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress.
A chief minister is the elected head of government of a sub-national entity.
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He has been the Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh for five consecutive terms since 1998.
Gorakhpur is a city located along the banks of Rapti river in the north-eastern parts of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of 673,446.
Adityanath is also the Mahant or head priest of the Gorakhnath Math, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, a position he has held since the death of his spiritual "father," Mahant Avaidyanath, in September 2014.
The Gorakhnath Math is a temple of the Nath monastic group in the Nath tradition.
He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a militant youth organisation that has been involved in communal violence.
The Hindu Yuva Vahini is a Hindu youth group, founded by Yogi Adityanath, intended successor of the Gorakhpur Mutt temple in Gorakhpur, India.