Today, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is expected to arrive in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah amid rumors of a leadership change in UP, which is the most politically crucial state ahead of the upcoming assembly elections. Later today, Yogi will also meet the national president of the BJP, JP Nadda.
The UP assembly elections are just a few months away and the BJP high commands in Delhi are in grave concern regarding the Opposition leaders’ allegations that the administration of Yogi mismanaged the Covid-19 situation which led to a chaotic state.
These circumstances triggered high speculations about a rearrangement of the party organization and entrance of a few new faces in the ministers of the state council in coming days ahead of the assembly elections.
But, the central leadership of BJP has thrown its weight behind Yogi and supported the Chief Minister, squashing rumors about an impending leadership change in UP. According to the party sources, in the relationship between the UP government and the saffron party’s state unit, the central leadership of the party is trying to iron out the rough edges.
Recently, party vice president and UP’s party in charge Radha Mohan Singh and BJP national general secretary B L Santosh had met ministers and senior party leaders in the state and had submitted a report to the national president of the BJP, J P Nadda.
Dismissing the rumors of leadership change before assembly elections, Radha Mohan Singh had denied reports of the state Cabinet’s possible expansion and said though there are vacant posts in the cabinet, it is the prerogative of the CM to fill them as and when he likes to.
Denying the reports of an alleged split between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath, Singh described Yogi as the most “competent person” to fulfill the dream of PM Modi.
The upcoming assembly elections of UP in 2022 are very crucial as the performance in the state will surely impact the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.