Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath tests positive for Covid-19, goes into isolation

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday he has tested positive for Covid-19.

UPDATED: April 14, 2021 13:26 IST

With three people in the chief minister’s office testing positive for Covid-19 over the past three days, CM Yogi Adityanath went into isolation on Tuesday. He also conducted his daily meeting with Team-11 virtually through video-conference on Tuesday morning.
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the CM said: “Some officials have tested Covid positive in my office. These officers have been in touch with me and therefore, as a precaution, I have isolated myself and will carry out all my work virtually.”

The three officials who have tested positive include additional chief secretary, SP Goyal whose result came on Tuesday, special secretary Amit Singh who tested positive a few days earlier and OSD to CM Abhishek Kaushik, who tested positive on Monday.

Yogi Adityanath (born Ajay Mohan Bisht 5 June 1972) is an Indian Hindu monk and politician serving as the 22nd and current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in office since 19 March 2017.

He was appointed as the Chief Minister on 26 March 2017 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 State Assembly elections, in which he was a prominent campaigner. He has been the Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh, for five consecutive terms since 1998.

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. He is also the founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini, a Hindu Nationalist organisation. He is often considered a Hindu nationalist due to his controversial views. He has an image as a right-wing populist Hindutva firebrand.

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