As Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to complete four years in office in March, he has been rated as the best performing chief minister in India for the fourth consecutive time ― according to the India Today Group-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation (MOTN) January 2021 poll.
The chief minister of the most politically crucial state has occupied the first spot on the best performing chief ministers’ list by securing 25% of the total votes in the media survey in January 2021.
Yogi Adityanath, who is one of the youngest chief ministers in India, recently came under sharp criticism from the opposition over his handling of the Hathras gang-rape and murder case and the recent ‘love jihad’ law. However, it seems like this did not make any difference to his popularity as Yogi Adityanath’s approval ratings has increased by one percentage point from the August edition of the survey.
As per the survey, 54% of the respondents support Yogi Adityanath’s anti-conversion law while 58% voted against laws against interfaith marriages.
After assuming office in March 2017, Yogi Adityanath took several bold decisions such as enacting a law against cow slaughter and passing an ordinance for recovery of damage to public, private properties during riots. Yet, his popularity has remained intact.
According to the poll, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has secured the second spot by getting 14% of the total votes, while his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee has occupied the third spot, replacing Jagan Mohan Reddy (Andhra Pradesh).
Nitish Kumar, who became chief minister of Bihar for the fourth straight term despite an abysmal performance by his party JD(U) in the recently-held Assembly elections has held on to the fourth spot with 6% votes, followed by Reddy at the fifth position.
At the state level, Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik has been rated as the best performing CM with 51% votes while Arvind Kejriwal has occupied the second spot with 41% votes, followed by Yogi Adityanath (39%), Maharashtra’s Uddhav Thackeray (35%) and Telangana’s K Chandrashekar Rao (35%).