With speculations of a change of guard growing in Uttar Pradesh where elections are due next year, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is in Delhi on a two-day visit to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP top brass. The visit comes a day after Jitin Prasada, a top Brahmin face in UP, joined the saffron party leaving the Congress.
Notably, a section of the party is unhappy with the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Yogi Adityanath government and is concerned about its likely impact on the party in the state elections next year.
The UP CM met Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday, whereas he is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president JP Nadda on Friday.
Yogi Adityanath’s meeting with UP BJP chief
The UP chief minister held a meeting late on Wednesday night with state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and state general secretary in-charge of the organisation Sunil Bansal in Lucknow. Although the government said that it was a routine meeting which is held every month, Sunil Bansal had reached Lucknow via helicopter to attend this meeting.
It is being said that Yogi Adityanath has come to Delhi to give the latest report of the meeting and the political speculations in recent times.
Last week, senior BJP leader BK Santosh led a central mission to Uttar Pradesh to take feedback and carry out a review in meetings with ministers, MLAs, MPs and the chief minister too. A senior leader of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Dattatreya Hosbole, had recommended the feedback session after reportedly sensing disenchantment in the cadre during his visit.
COVID-19 situation in UP
UP is one of the worst affected states due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was caught unprepared for the second wave of the pandemic that wreaked havoc. Shortage of hospital beds and oxygen aggravated the situation as queues outside hospitals and crematoriums grew longer with each passing day.
These apart, decomposed and bloated bodies of suspected COVID patients floating in the Ganga river resulted in a major embarrassment for the UP government which all the while denied allegations and asserted that everything was under control.
The state has officially reported 21,516 deaths of which 91 deaths were reported on Wednesday.
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