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Government questions editorial on UP CM Yogi Adityanath

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 March 2017, 10:11 IST

The government has raised a question on an editorial in The New York Times criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's choice of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

"All editorials or opinions are subjective. This case is particularly so and the wisdom in doubting the verdicts of genuine democratic exercises is quite questionable, both at home and abroad," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in response to a question.

The NYT editorial titled "Modi's Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists" said since he came to power in 2014, PM Modi "has played a cagey game, appeasing his party's hardline Hindu base while promoting secular goals of development and economic growth".

Calling Yogi Adityanath a "firebrand Hindu cleric", the editorial said the move to name the 44-year-old as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister is a "shocking rebuke to religious minorities".


First published: 25 March 2017, 10:11 IST