Adityanath meets Amit Shah in Delhi amid reports of dissent and Cabinet reshuffle speculation: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
New Delhi, June 10
Amid reports of dissent in the BJP state and speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle to balance crucial caste equations in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met with the Home Secretary on Thursday Amit Shah for what he called a “courtesy call” for the party leader’s ‘marg-darshan’ (guidance).
Adityanath is expected to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chairman Amit Shah on Friday, the first time in person since political unrest hit the BJP state with the second wave of Covid-19.
There have been reports of “differences” between Adityanath and Prime Minister Modi over the induction of former Gujarat IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma into the UP cabinet.
Adityanath’s two-day visit also follows the much publicized entry of Congress Brahmin face to UP, Jitin Prasada, into the saffron party.
Although those close to Adityanath described the expected meeting with the Prime Minister as a “routine visit by a CM to a state”.
“The Prime Minister meets regularly with chief ministers. The UP CM had made the request much earlier, but it was delayed due to the pandemic, ”they said.
Many members of the state’s BJP have openly criticized Adityanath for “mismanaging” the second wave of the Covid pandemic and also expressed concern to senior leaders about the impact people’s anger could have on polls next year.
Besides accusations of “mismanagement” and the anti-interim factor, Yogi Adityanath also faces allegations of “favoring” the Thakur community to the detriment of the Brahmins.
Sharma and Prasada are said to be part of the BJP restart plan to win the favor of the community. The buzz is that Prime Minister Modi could also induct some heads of state into his cabinet to appease the feelings of the powerful Brahmin lobby in the eastern regions and control the damage.