There will be no changes in government or party leadership in Uttar Pradesh, sources at the central BJP said today on speculation that Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath’s job may be in trouble over his government’s handling of Covid. However, there may be new faces in the cabinet, sources say, as the BJP struggles to address public anger ahead of the UP elections next year.
Former bureaucrat AK Sharma, known to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s confidant, may play an important role in the UP government, sources say.
Yogi Adityanath will continue as chief minister and Swatantra Dev Singh as BJP UP chairman and the party will contest next year’s elections under his leadership, sources claimed, a speech that was reinforced by a two-day review meeting held by leaders. BJP nationals in UP. capital Lucknow.
But the cabinet is likely to be expanded this month and new faces are expected to be taken considering regional and caste equations, sources say.
The decision was made after review by BJP leaders BL Santosh and Radha Mohan Singh, described as an “extensive feedback exercise” by party leaders.
The BJP’s ideological mentor, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), also received similar comments, which has reportedly raised concerns internally about criticism and attacks on the UP government with only a few months left for the elections that will also influence the national elections of 2024..
RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosbole had received comments during his trip to Lucknow and interaction with state leaders of the BJP and RSS.
It was based on Mr. Hosbole’s comments that the two BJP leaders were sent to Lucknow.
The team met with the Chief Minister, senior party leaders, ministers and the MLA and received their comments on the functioning of the state government and the organization. They took the feedback to central leadership.
The sources said that it had been decided that, in the interest of better coordination between the state government and the party organization, regular meetings would be held.
BJP Chairman JP Nadda is likely to visit UP next month to oversee efforts to repair the party’s structure and functioning.
However, BJP leaders maintain that the Yogi Adityanath government has done well to control the second wave of Covid.
“In five weeks, Uttar Pradesh from @ myogiadityanath reduced the new daily case count by 93% … Remember it is a state with a population of over 20 Cr. When the municipal CMs could not manage a city with a population of 1.5Cr, Yogiji did quite effectively. ” BL Santosh, the BJP’s national organizing secretary general, tweeted after his return from the state capital, Lucknow.
The UP government’s handling of infections was criticized on social media, especially as images of bodies floating in the Ganges River or buried in shallow graves alongside it generated headlines in India and abroad.
There were reports that the MLA and party deputies made their complaints against their own government public.