New Delhi, March 20: The choice of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM is certainly Bhartiya Janata Party’s Beacon for 2019 elections. At least, the appointment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to eye administrative developments in Uttar Pradesh proves so.
As per India Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to keep a senior IAS officer Nripendra Misra as a monitor to Yogi Adityanath’s government. He would act as a middle man between PM Modi and Adityanath so as to direct PMO’s suggestions to the UP administration directly.
This is a very unusual move or could be seen as Modi’s direct call to keep a tab on firebrand Hindutava leader.
Reportedly, the Principal Secretary of PMO Nripendra Misra met Yogi Adityanath on Sunday for 45 minutes in the evening.
India today also quoted a source that said, “Nripendra Misra will be the key man between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.” He also said that these meetings would be frequent between the two.
Misra was an IAS officer from UP cadre and was called by Modi in 2014, when he formed the new government at the Centre. Bringing in Misra who is Modi’s close aide for discussing functioning of state government’s action cites many things.
On Sunday Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as UP Chief Minister with two Deputy Chief Ministers– Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.
The sources also said that all further appointments in the top administration in Uttar Pradesh will take place only after verification of their background through Misra.
To firm BJP’s feet in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi wants Yogi Adityanath to implement government schemes via Nripendra Misra’s suggestions aka PMO’s directives.
The sources revealed the two discussed strategy to propagate the benefits of government schemes to the poor in the yesterday’s meet. The two also discussed the new schemes required for the state to implement PM’s vision.
By appointing Nripendra Misra to guide the Yogi government in day-to-day affairs of the state government, Modi has clearly signaled that he is not ready to take any chances with crucial political state of UP.
As the news broke about new UP CM, the choice of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister was considered by many as a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas.
The opposition parties slammed it as PM’s choice of saffron politics over the development of the state.
Some media reports even suggested it was under the pressure of RSS that Yogi Adityanath’s name scored over PM Modi’s first choice of Manoj Sinha for UP’s top position.
Three time MP from Ghazipur, Sinha is considered to Modi’s close man and currently is serving MoS Railways and Minister for Communication (independent charge). Media reports even claimed the official announcement of Manoj Sinha as UP CM will be made after the meeting of BJP legislative party on Saturday.
However Adityanath’s name surfaced after the RSS claimed its superior stronghold in the state over the Sinha, claimed the reports.
Sinha also rubbished the reports that speculated his name as UP CM.
With 2 deputy CMs, additional monitor by PMO, Firebrand Yogi Adityanath has no choice but to take along Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas (development of Minority and Majority).