This Article is From Jun 11, 2021

Yogi Adityanath's One-Hour Meet With PM Modi Amid Talk Of UP Changes

Yogi Adityanath Meets PM Modi: The meeting at PM Modi's residence lasted for more than an hour.

Yogi Adityanath met PM for first time today since the review meet about a week ago.

New Delhi:

Amid tumult in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Delhi as murmurs grow against him in the party and his government's handling of the pandemic.

The meeting at PM Modi's residence lasted for more than an hour.

"Today, I had the privilege of meeting with respected PM Modi and get his guidance. I wholeheartedly thank him for taking out time from his busy schedule for the meeting and the counsel," the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted in Hindi along with a photo with the Prime Minister.

Shortly after, Yogi Adityanath went to BJP chief JP Nadda's residence where he held discussions for nearly 1.5 hours.

"Met Uttar Pradesh's successful Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath," JP Nadda tweeted in Hindi.

Yogi Adityanath has been holding back-to-back meetings with Delhi leadership since yesterday. On Thursday, he held a 90-minute long meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah. With less than a year left for UP to elect its next government, the BJP has stepped up measures to iron out differences within the party.

The party is not looking at replacing Yogi Adityanath, sources have said, but other changes are likely.

Today's meetings come nearly a week after senior BJP leader BL 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 Hosabale, had recommended the feedback session after reportedly sensing disenchantment in the cadre during his visit.

The inaccessibility of Yogi Adityanath to MPs and MLAs in the state and poor handling of the pandemic have led to the differences coming out in the open.

Jitin Prasada, the BJP's latest high-profile recruit, is likely to play a key role in the UP reshuffle. The 47-year-old leader was the Congress's top Brahmin face in UP and Brahmins make up about 13 per cent of UP's voters. He quit his party of two decades on Wednesday, triggering very sharp reactions from Congress veterans such as Kapil Sibal.

Former bureaucrat AK Sharma, known to be among PM Modi's aides, may be given an important role in the UP government, sources have suggested.