Yogi Adityanath meets Amit Shah amid dissent, rejig talks

Yogi Adityanath meets Amit Shah amid dissent, rejig talks

Yogi Adityanath after meeting Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. PTI

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 10

Amid reports of dissent and a possible rejig of the UP Cabinet, CM Yogi Adityanath today met Home Minister Amit Shah for what he called a “courtesy call”. The development comes a day after Congress’ Jitin Prasada joined the BJP.

Adityanath is expected to meet PM Narendra Modi and party president JP Nadda on Friday. There are reports of "differences" between Adityanath and Modi over the possible induction of former Gujarat IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma into the UP Cabinet.

Edit: Prasada’s defection

Adityanath is being criticised over his “mishandling” of the pandemic situation. He is also facing allegations of “favouring the Thakur community at the cost of Brahmins”. Sharma and Prasada are believed to be part of the BJP's plan to gain the favour of the community. Sources said the PM might induct some UP leaders into his Cabinet to assuage the feelings of the powerful Brahmin lobby.

The sources said Adityanath and Shah discussed preparations for the UP Assembly polls next year and possible Cabinet reshuffle. The BJP's performance in recent panchayat polls was also discussed, they said, adding that Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel also joined the meeting for some time.

Expected to call on Modi, Nadda today

Yogi Adityanath is expected to meet PM Modi and party chief JP Nadda on Friday

His visit to Delhi comes close on the heels of the party holding review meetings in Lucknow

There are reports of a possible UP Cabinet reshuffle

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