New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Cabinet is likely to get some new faces, including Jitin Prasada, the former Congress leader who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on June 9. Meanwhile, BJP’s alliance partner in UP Apna Dal president Anupriya Patel is also likely to be accommodated at the Centre and given an independent charge as a Minister of State, according to India Ahead Network sources. Her husband, Ashish Patel, may get a Cabinet post in the Yogi Adityanath government as well.
Jitin Prasada, who has been working hard to present himself as a “Brahmin leader”, will join the Yogi government as BJP begins its preparations for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2022, sources added.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday.
Yogi, who is on a two-day visit to New Delhi, had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence on Thursday.
As the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election nears, BJP has started taking feedback from its workers and leaders on the state.
The recent panchayat election in the state saw BJP losing in many regions to its rivals, particularly the Samajwadi Party. The state administration and government machinery also came under attack during the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic which saw shortage of hospital beds and oxygen.
Recently, BJP National General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh had met several UP ministers and leaders in Lucknow. These “feedback exercises” are being seen as a strategy by BJP to strengthen the image of the Yogi government and take corrective action following the havoc created by the Covid-19 second wave.
BJP had stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 Assembly Election by winning a massive mandate. The party has secured 309 seats in the 403-member House routing its rivals. The Samajwadi Party had secured just 49, Bahujan Samaj Party 18 and Congress 7.