Putting rest to all speculations and suspense over the new Uttar Pradesh chief Minister, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday elected party MP Yogi Adityanath as the successor to Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav.

Forty-four-year old Adityanath, a native of Garhwal in Uttarakhand is a five-time Lok Sabha MP from eastern UP’s Gorakhpur. He was elected in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections.

Adityanath, the youngest member to be appointed to the 12th Lok Sabha at 26 years, is the head priest at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, successor to former Hindu Mahasabha president Mahant Avaidyanath.

He was allegedly involved in the controversy of leading a purification drive of converting 1,800 Christians into Hinduism in UP’s municipality town Etah.

It may be recalled that Adityanath was one of the MPs who attacked Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his “growing intolerance remark”. He compared SRK to Pakistani terrorist and Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed, who was allegedly, involved in the 2008 November Mumbai terror attacks.

Adityanath born as Ajay Singh Bish completed his BSc in Maths from HNB Garhwal University. He gained popularity in the state for delivering fiery and bold speeches.