Man held for 'posting obscene picture' of UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Twenty four-year-old Khan reportedly posted an obscene picture of Uttar Pradesh's new chief minister Yogi Adityanath, seen here on the day of his inauguration on March 19. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India Mar 24, 2017, 03.54 AM (IST)

A man has been arrested for allegedly posting an 'objectionable' image of Yogi Adityanath, the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister, on social media.

Rahat Khan, who works at a public utility centre, was held after the Hindu Yuva Vahini -- a right-wing outfit formed by Adityanath in 2002 -- notified the police about the post on Facebook.

Twenty four-year-old Khan allegedly posted an obscene picture of the new chief minister and dubbed him a "traitor".

Police in Dankaur, roughly 75 kilometres from India's national capital New Delhi, confirmed Khan's arrest.

Yogi Adityanath became Uttar Pradesh's 21st chief minister last week after Indian Prime MInister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies swept roughly 80 per cent of the electoral seats in the recently-concluded state elections in Uttar Pradesh, which incidentally is also the country's most populous state.

Adityanath's ascension to the top post in the state has elicited split opinions. While the commentariat on the right has lauded BJP's decision to appoint him to helm India's heartland, critics fear that the Hindu hardliner portends trouble in a state that is riven by caste and religious faultlines. 

Adityanath, who has in the past spouted incendiary comments against Islam, has also unnerved a sizeable Muslim population in the state. Muslims constitute almost 20 per cent of the 202 million people in the state.

A five-time lawmaker, the Hindutva firebrand has been caught in several controversies for making divisive speeches.

He is the head priest of Gorakhnath Mutt in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur town.