Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had reached Delhi. During this, he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party National President Jagat Prakash Nadda (JP Nadda). Earlier, many speculations were being made about the Yogi government. Now several sources in the government and BJP have rubbished the reports of Yogi’s removal and told News18 that these are ‘baseless rumours’. It has also been said that the party is confident of victory in the 2022 elections under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath. In fact, after the closed-door meetings of some senior BJP leaders who reached Lucknow, the round of discussion had started.
A top party source says, “Prime Minister Modi respects Yogi Adityanath. His governance model is good and his image is clear. There is no question of replacing them. He said, ‘The CM of UP was in Delhi for two days on January 6-7, when he met the President, Prime Minister and Amit Shah. This is how they prepare their journey. A BJP source said this speculation should end after Yogi’s visit to Delhi and meetings to gain the confidence of all top leaders and the BJP’s strategy for next year’s elections. The party feels that it can win the state again in 2022 under the leadership of Yogi.
A leader close to the Chief Minister told News18 in a phone conversation, ‘The CM has returned to Lucknow with even more strength. Some posts are vacant in the state cabinet and the CM will fill them by using his authority keeping in mind the regional and caste equations. “… there may be some changes in the board and corporations,” he said.
Sources at the Center informed that PM may visit UP soon to promote Yogi, inaugurate Purvanchal Expressway from Lucknow to Ballia and lay the foundation stone of Jewar International Airport in Noida. The CM has been advised to prepare for more development works before the elections, to promote the schemes of the Center in the state as well as to maintain the pace of Kovid-19 vaccination in the state. A source said that the CM described the successful model. He kept his point firmly in front of the top leadership regarding Kovid management in the state. During the meeting held on Friday, PM Modi also praised the Kovid management of UP. The opposition is constantly targeting the Yogi government on the issue of landing the dead bodies in the Ganges river. In such a situation, the praise from PM Modi is very special politically. In this regard, the top government source said that on May 21, the CM was praised during a conversation with doctors and frontline workers in Varanasi.
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On May 21, the PM had said, ‘When the efforts are genuine and the leaders understand the problems of the people, then the work done on the ground is visible. I remember how earlier there were encephalitis deaths in western UP and Yogi Adityanath, as an MP, cried in Parliament over this issue. But once he became the CM of UP, he started the campaign to save the lives of children and achieved great success.
Tension continued even after former PMO bureaucrat AK Sharma was not given a senior post in the state cabinet. On this, a source present in Lucknow says that no such demand has been made from the Centre. He said, ‘Sharma was made MLC. Be it any post in UP, whether it is a Rajya Sabha nomination or a post in the UP cabinet, there has never been a dispute between the central and state government regarding this.
There were reports that Yugi had told the RSS that if his key portfolios were being given to others, it would be better to resign. On Friday, State Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh gave a sharp reaction on this matter. He said, ‘These news are airborne, which have no basis and are far from the truth.’
MPs Anupriya and Praveen Nishad are talking about joining the Union Cabinet. In such a situation, it seems that important allies Apna Dal and Nishad Party had a meeting with Amit Shah regarding the UP elections. In which an attempt was being made to know what are their expectations from the NDA during the elections.