Amid speculations of expansion of the state cabinet ahead of Assembly elections next year, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh's in-charge Radha Mohan Singh will met Governor Anandiben Patel today. The meeting took place at 11 AM and Singh dismissed the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle in the Yogi Adityanath government.
He described the meeting as a formality. He said, "After becoming the (party's) in charge of UP, I have not met the Governor. When she was the chief minister (of Gujarat), I was the Agriculture minister, I had an old association with Gujarat. Since I could not meet her in the past six months, hence I met her today. This was a personal meeting and a formality," He said the Uttar Pradesh government and the organization are moving very strongly.
Ahead of the 2022 assembly elections, there is speculation that the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state will reshuffle its cabinet soon.
With elections due next year, the BJP has decided to strengthen the party in the state by seeking feedback from its leaders in the wake of outcome of panchayat polls and the murmurs from some sections over handling of the COVID-19 situation.
The party has also decided to prepare a strategy based on feedback received from its state leaders and ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government, strengthen the image of the state government and resolve the issues in the state.
As part of these efforts also aimed at improving the coordination between the party and the government, BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh arrived in Lucknow earlier this week and held one-on-one meetings with some of the ministers and leaders in the poll-bound state. Santhosh was accompanied by Radha Mohan Singh.
Many of these leaders had flagged issues like COVID-19 handling, disenchantment among people and lack of coordination between government and party leaders, among others.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to take place in 2022. BJP had stormed back to power in the state in the 2017 Assembly polls. In the 403 member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, among the major parties, BJP has 309 legislators, SP 49, BSP 18, and Congress 7.
(With ANI Inputs)