The BJP has found the most suitable candidate for the post of chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in Yogi Adityanath – a man who was arrested In January 2007 for inciting communal riot and was reprimanded by the Election Commission of India for his hate speech against Muslims.

Here are excerpts from some of his speeches, which will give an idea of the man, the impact of whose actions will not stay limited to UP alone but will reverberate in the entire country in the days to come:

“I will not stop till I turn UP and India into a Hindu rashtra” ((Etah, Uttar Pradesh, 2005)

“Reservation (Women’s Reservation Bill) is not the need of the hour, it is not required now, as there are other issues of national interest to discuss.” (March 11, 2010)

“If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslims girls” (YouTube video, August 27, 2014)

“Hindus should not rest till Mosques minarets bear saffron flags. Muslims will be made second class citizens and voting rights will be taken away. Rape Muslim women.” (Speech by his supporter at Sidhartnagar, August 2014. Adityanath was present on the dais but did not intervene).

“There have been 450 riots cases in West UP in two-and-a-half years of Samajwadi Party because the population of a particular community is rising manifold. (September 2014, public meeting at Noida.)

“This is the century of Hindutva, not just in India but in the entire world.” (February 2015, VHP rally,Varanasi)

“Shah Rukh Khan should remember that if a huge mass in society would boycott his films, he will also have to wander on streets like a normal Muslim….I am saying these people are speaking in a terrorist’ language. I think there is no difference between the language of Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed,” (November 4, 2015)