The Rajasthan Assembly Election 2023 results have propelled Mahant Balaknath, often referred to as the ‘Yogi of Rajasthan,’ into the limelight as a frontrunner for the Chief Ministerial position from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Mahant Balaknath secured a decisive victory in the Tijara constituency, overshadowing Congress by a significant margin.
Who is Mahant Balaknath?
Born on April 16, 1984, in Alwar to Subhash Yadav and Urmila Devi, Mahant Balaknath hails from a Hindu Yadav family. From 1985 to 1991, he lived in the Matsyendra Maharaj Ashram and later moved to a Math in the village Nathawali Theri in Hanumangarh district. Named Gurmukh by Baba Kheta Nath, he became the eighth successor of Asthal Bohar on July 29, 2016. Currently serving as the abbot of Baba Mastnath Math, he is also the Chancellor at Baba Mastnath University in Rohtak, Haryana.
Rajasthan CM Candidate: The New ‘Yogi’?
Mahant Balaknath’s political rise has drawn comparisons to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Both leaders come from the Nath community, and Balaknath, like Yogi Adityanath, embraced sannyasa at a young age. His family made the decision that he would become a saint, and he expressed a lifelong commitment to serving society. Mahant Balaknath’s victory in the Rajasthan Assembly polls positions him as a prominent figure for the Chief Ministerial role, and his strong support base in Alwar adds to his credibility.
The political landscape in Rajasthan sees Mahant Balaknath as a significant contender, echoing the leadership trajectory of Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh. As the ‘Yogi of Rajasthan,’ Balaknath’s potential ascension to the Chief Minister’s office marks a noteworthy development in the state’s political landscape.