With Yogi 2.0 in the saddle, BJP begins search for Uttar Pradesh head of state

After Swatantra Dev Singh was appointed minister in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, the BJP is looking for a new leader in Uttar Pradesh.

A veteran BJP leader told IANS the party is focusing more on western Uttar Pradesh, including the Braj region in the northwest for a new leader.

According to sources, the party high command is considering several names for the post of state chairman among MPs, MPs and members of the Legislative Council.

When asked the reason for the withdrawal of former deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma and former cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma from the Yogi cabinet, sources said the party wants to give equal opportunities to all leaders.

“They have a long experience and if it is not the government, the party will surely use its full potential,” he said.

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Apart from these, Lok Sabha MP Subrata Pathak, who gave a boost to the Samajwadi party stronghold in Kannauj, and Lok Sabha MP from Basti Harish Dwivedi, are also considered in the running for the post of state president. However, among all these leaders, MLA Shrikant Sharma is considered the favorite as he is also from Braj region.

In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Keshari Nath Tripathi was the chairman of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, while in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Ramapati Ram Tripathi was the leader of the party.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Brahmin grand leader of the party, Laxmikant Vajpayee of Meerut, was the chairman of the party while in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Mahendra Nath Pandey was the face of the party.

According to another veteran BJP leader, judging from its history of state presidents, the party is also expected to elect a Brahmin as the state unit leader this time around as well.

Considering another saffron push for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the party will elect a strong face who can prove useful in achieving its electoral goals in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, the highest in the country.

In view of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP is also preparing for major changes in Uttar Pradesh. While 22 ministers were eliminated, many important leaders such as Swatantra Dev Singh, Vice President of State Dayashankar Singh and Arvind Sharma, powerful State Secretary General JPS Rathod and Narendra Kashyap were appointed ministers under the guidance of Yogi Adityanath.

The State General Secretary (Organization) Sunil Bansal is also preparing a report on this and only after receiving feedback from different levels of the party, the high command will give a nod to overhaul the party organization including the President of the State.

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Brandon D. James