Lucknow: In what is being seen as an attempt to iron out differences within the government and organization, RSS and BJP top brass on Tuesday (June 22) called in a meeting of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his two deputies.
The Chief Minister visited Deputy CM Keshav Maurya’s residence for the interaction which was also attended by the second Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma.
RSS Joint General secretary Krishna Gopal, BJP Organisation Secretary BL Santosh and party in-charge of the state Radha Mohan Singh were also present during the confabulations which lasted more than an hour.
Also present in the meeting was Dattatreya Hosabale, number 2 in the RSS hierarchy after Mohan Bhagwat.
Recent statements by state BJP ministers including top ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government had brought to the fore sharp differences in the state BJP over leadership issues in the state.
Keshav Maurya had last week said the party central leadership will decide who would lead the state government after 2022 polls.
His statement was echoed by other senior minister Swamy Prasad Maurya in Lucknow on Sunday.
“The chief minister will be finalised by the central leadership after the Assembly elections,” Swamy Maurya told reporters in Lucknow in response to a question by reporters.
Deputy CM, Keshav Maurya, comes from the old RSS-VHP stock while Swamy Maurya was the leader of opposition and a senior leader of the BSP before switching over to the BJP just ahead of 2017 elections. Both belong to Most Backward Caste or MBC communities which BJP has assiduously wooed to build an electorally productive OBC-Upper Caste combination.
However, state unit president Swatantra Dev Singh insisted in Etah last week that the next Assembly polls will be contested under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The statements by state BJP leaders come after a month of deliberations between RSS and BJP leaders over the political situation in UP in the aftermath of a deadly pandemic which left behind a trail of death and destruction.
CM Yogi Adityanath also met PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah during his two-day visit to Delhi in June.
There have also been reports of the Prime Minister’s trusted aide and MLC Arvind Sharma getting responsibility in the Yogi government in what was being touted as an attempt to streamline the administration in the poll bound state.
Sharma instead has been adjusted to the organisation as state vice-president in the UP BJP.