Mahant Balaknath Yogi of Rajasthan has emerged as Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath after the latest trends of the 2023 election results showed the party comfortably crossing the halfway mark.
Balaknath Yogi is contesting from his Tijara constituency against Congress candidate Imran Khan, winning by a huge margin. Balaknath, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Alwar and is just 40 years old, was born in Kohrana Village in Rajasthan.
On July 29, 2016, Mahant Chandnath, an Indian politician and religious leader, declared Balaknath his successor in a ceremony attended by Yogi Adityanath and Baba Ramdev.
On Sunday, Balaknath Yogi told media persons that “the BJP, on its own, will bag 120+ seats in Rajasthan.” Just before the counting of the votes started, Balaknath visited a Lord Shiva temple and offered his prayers.
According to Balaknath Yogi, “the people of Rajasthan wanted to get rid of Congress.” Like Yogi Adityanath, Balaknath Yogi also comes from the Nath community, and he has tremendous support in Alwar.
Yogi took sannyasa back in his childhood days, when he was six years old. The decision that he would become a saint was taken by his family members. He always wanted to serve the society.
Born into a Hindu Yadav family to Subhash Yadav and Urmila Devi, Mahant Balaknath Yogi received the name Gurumukh from Baba Khetanath during his early years. His formative years were spent at the Matsyendra Maharaj Ashram from 1985 to 1991, after which he moved to a Math in the village of Nathawali Theri in Hanumangarh district, under the guidance of Mahant Chandnath.
In the 2019 elections, he emerged victorious by defeating Bhanwar Jitendra Singh of the Indian National Congress with a substantial margin of 3 lakh votes.