New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Union Home Minister Amit Shah amidst murmurs of discontent within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state particularly over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday, the UP CM is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This is his first meeting with the Delhi high command since turmoil started in UP within the BJP. The meeting comes ahead of the all-important upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Details of the meeting between the two leaders are unknown.
Putting speculations to rest, senior BJP leader BL Santhosh recently praised Adityanath's management of the COVID-19 crisis after completing a two-day review meeting in the state. Santhosh took to Twitter and said that Adityanath managed the COVID-19 crisis in a state of 20 crore population 'quite effectively'.
"In five weeks, @myogiadityanath 's Uttar Pradesh reduced the new daily case count by 93% ... Remember it’s a state with 20+ Cr population. When municipality CMs could not manage a city of 1.5Cr population, Yogiji managed quite effectively (sic)," Santhosh said.
Yogi's visit also comes a day after the BJP gave membership slip to Jitin Prasada, who quit the Congress. Prasada is a big Brahmin name in UP, expected to have a huge influence on the BJP's vote bank.
Yogi welcomed Prasada's entry to the party with his tweet, "Shri Jitin Prasad ji is welcome on leaving Congress and joining the larger family of BJP. The joining of Shri Jitin Prasad ji in Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh."