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Modi's contentious pick to lead UP favours Trump's ban

Yogi Adityanath's elevation stirs fears about PM Modi's vow to build a "new India"

Mr Modi's appointment of Mr Adityanath (above, with folded hands) as Uttar Pradesh's CM could be a sign economic development is now less important than appealing to India's majority Hindus ahead of the 2019 general election, says Manoj Joshi of the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.

New Delhi

AS he campaigned recently in India's most populous state, the firebrand Hindu nationalist priest and politician Yogi Adityanath praised US President Donald Trump's travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries.

Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has elevated the saffron-...

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