The BJP has ruled out a change in leadership in Uttar Pradesh and dismissed reports that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is in difficulty over his government’s handling of the Covid case, although the cabinet could witness changes in the year leading up to the UP elections.
The BJP will contest the forthcoming election under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister and Swatantra Dev Singh as state president, according to sources, dismissing speculation generated by a two-day review conference of national BJP leaders this week in Lucknow. The decision was made following a review by top BJP officials BL Santosh and Radha Mohan Singh, which was described by party insiders as a “extensive feedback exercise.” The team met with the Chief Minister, senior party leaders, ministers, and MLAs, then presented their findings to the central leadership.
The Delhi leaders were dispatched to the state on the advice of the BJP’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which has reportedly expressed internal concerns about the criticism and attacks levelled against the UP government ahead of elections that will also affect the national election in 2024.
Regular meetings for improved coordination between the government and the party, according to sources, is one of the recommendations that has come up during these exchanges. JP Nadda, the BJP’s president, is expected to visit Uttar Pradesh next month to monitor efforts to rebuild the party’s structure and function. On the record, BJP leaders claim that Yogi Adityanath’s government has done a good job of containing the second wave of Covid-19.