India: Uttar Pradesh's new Chief Minister faces criminal charges

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won convincingly during the recent State Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Prof Dilip Menon, Mellon Chair In Indian Studies Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at Wits, says the party's choice of a chief minister is a surprising one.

Yogi Adityanath was appointed as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

He has won election to the legislature five times ... but the more troubling thing is the number of criminal cases against him.

Prof Dilip Menon, Mellon Chair In Indian Studies Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at Wits

Measures that he has undertaken is setting up something called 'Anti-Romeo Squad' having young men walk around the city preventing young women from being molested and to close abattoirs which are illegal, a measure that affects only Muslims.

Prof Dilip Menon, Mellon Chair In Indian Studies Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at Wits

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