New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday amidst reports of a rejig in the state cabinet and organisation in what is being seen as a course correction by the ruling party ahead of crucial assembly elections in UP.
Adityanath had earlier met Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday.
CM’s two-day visit to Delhi to meet the top BJP brass takes place after a month-long deliberations between the BJP and the RSS in the aftermath of the second Covid-19 wave.
With elections due next year, the BJP has decided to strengthen the party in the state by seeking feedback from its leaders in the wake of the outcome of panchayat polls and the murmurs from some sections over handling of the COVID-19 situation.
The meeting comes two days after Jitin Prasada, a prominent brahmin face in Uttar Pradesh, left Congress and joined BJP. BJP in the current reshuffle may also try to reach out to miffed allies like Apna Dal. Apna Dal President Anupriya Patel was a minister in Modi’s government between 2014 and 2019. But she was dropped after BJP won a bigger majorty in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, there is speculation that the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will reshuffle its cabinet soon.
The party has also decided to prepare a strategy based on feedback received from its state leaders and ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government, strengthen the image of the state government and resolve the issues in the state.
These efforts are also aimed at improving the coordination between the party and the government, BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh arrived in Lucknow earlier this week and held one-on-one meetings with some of the ministers and leaders in the poll-bound state.
Santhosh was accompanied by Radha Mohan Singh. Many of these leaders had flagged issues like COVID-19 handling, disenchantment among people and lack of coordination between government and party leaders, among others. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Central leadership has thrown its weight behind Yogi Adityanath, putting a stop to murmurs against the state government months ahead of the Assembly polls.
(With inputs from ANI)