New Delhi: Yogi Adityanath is in Delhi for meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders amid reports of dissent in . This is his first face-time with the Delhi leadership since turmoil started in the UP BJP last month, with a section flagging criticism of the Yogi Adityanath government’s handling of Covid and the impact it may have on the party in polls next year.
The Chief Minister began his two-day visit with a 90-minute meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah this afternoon. He will meet PM Modi and BJP chief JP Nadda tomorrow.
The visit comes a day after the BJP scored a high-profile recruit from the Congress, Jitin Prasada, a top Brahmin face in UP.
Mr Prasada is expected to play a key role in the BJP’s UP reset ahead of the state election, especially in correcting the optics of a government perceived by a section of the state’s Brahmins as being pro-Thakur (Yogi Adityanath’s caste).
With the elections less than a year away, many MPs and MLAs have gone public with their adverse assessment of their own government’s Covid management.
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.