Eventful political talks in UP ahead of Assembly elections: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
New Delhi, May 31
The political talks in Uttar Pradesh keep the rumor mill abreast of the various possibilities. It appears that after successfully failing to screen a chief ministerial candidate in Assam during the campaign, the BJP is now considering experimenting in other poll-linked states to beat the anti-outgoing factor.
States heading to the polls next year include the UP, Uttarakhand, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, all led by the BJP.
Apparently, a key point in the ongoing saffron talks is whether to pick the outgoing CM as his face in future election campaigns. Sources say that in elections held in different states between 2014 and 2021, leaders found that the anti-outgoing factor tended to dominate if it was the second consecutive term for a WC, as in Haryana.
Rs 30 lakh for the parents of those who died during the poll
- The UP cabinet approved financial aid of Rs30 lakh for relatives of government personnel who died while on duty in the recent panchayat poll, including those who succumbed to Covid-19 within 30 days of the poll, said said a spokesperson.
- “No less than 1,621 teachers and workers have died since the first week of April. More than 90 percent of teachers were on duty to vote panchayat, ”said UP leader Praathmik Shikshak Sangh. PTI
Additionally, projecting an incumbent can also be counterproductive as other hopefuls and suitors tend to back out. Keeping this factor in mind, the BJP did not go for incumbent Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam and kept the field clear for hopeful Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now the CM.
Additionally, since the second wave of Covid-19, CMs in BJP, especially Yogi Adityanath from UP, have faced additional issues, including people’s anger at “mismanagement”. By not declaring the CM, the BJP might be able to take over some of this anger, it is believed. The sources say Home Secretary Amit Shah could step in to take over the party’s campaign in the coming days.
The UP’s corridors of power are filled with speculation, including a Cabinet reshuffle.