News of the chief minister’s shifting from his long-time constituency to Ayodhya comes from the BJP’s election meetings in Delhi in an attempt to get ahead of the headlines of various ministers quitting the government in Uttar Pradesh to join Akhilesh Yadav. was leaked.
But today comes the announcement that the 49-year-old Yogi will run from Gorakhpur, which he has represented five times in the Lok Sabha, and where he is the presiding monk of Gorakhnath. Idiot (sect) that has sole influence on the way “Purvanchal” (East UP) votes.
For Yogi, moving to Ayodhya would have been too on-brand for two reasons: it would further enhance his stature as one. Hindutva Icon and, given the BJP’s thrust in this campaign on the party paving the way for the temple construction in Ayodhya, it could prove to be a line-up for the country’s top job.
finally bring “Ram Rajya” In Uttar Pradesh, the biggest flex in Indian politics with 80 Lok Sabha seats, you may not be seen as a promotion contender.
Yogi may cross some things off his wish list – the PM and Amit Shah have backed him as a possible chief minister of their party – but in keeping him in Gorakhpur, the PM has hit some boundaries with an unmistakable message to Yogi. Drew: Wait your turn. There can be only one iconic Hindutva “Hindu Heart Emperor”, and at present, that post is filled.
Yogi Adityanath, before becoming chief minister five years ago, was clear that he wanted the job, telling your columnist that he was not interested “Baker Politics of Delhi” (Irrelevant politics of Delhi). In fact, he was on a collision course with the Sangh as he wanted to call all the shots in Eastern UP. Yogi is still his own man and his followers do not get tired of telling journalists that he is the ideal saffron candidate for PM.
After his government brilliantly tackled the second wave of COVID-19, the Modi government stepped in and took charge of the urgently needed reforms, prompting an international inquiry into the wrongdoing. Sources say that at that time the PM and Amit Shah were unhappy with Yogi’s handling of the pandemic, which is why the RSS sent a team to Lucknow for four days to check the public’s perception of the Yogi government. Several BJP MPs, including a cabinet minister, publicly notified the poor state of health services in the state. Backward caste leader Swami Prasad Maurya, who quit the BJP this week, also spoke at the party meeting about Yogi’s handling of the bad Covid. But Yogi did not repent, rejected the criticism, and was eventually encouraged by the Sangh’s categorical declaration.
I asked some members of Yogi’s vigilant army, the Hindu Yuva Vahini, about not going to Ayodhya. they were candid, sharing “King”, as the Yogi in UP is called, had set his heart on Ayodhya because he had “liberated” God Rama brought him home from exile.” But his popularity as chief Hindutva The icon is problematic for some leaders. King Contesting elections from Purvanchal will make a good impact in the entire region.” Fears of upset due to angry farmers.
Yogi had publicly said that he would contest these elections to highlight the fact that he does not have a main rival. These include Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Bahujan Samajwadi Party president Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, who inducted three ministers from the Yogi government this week. Mayawati has already said that she will not contest the elections; The other two opposition leaders will have to decide whether Yogi’s candidature is forcing them to stand in the polls.
Effectively, with the first list of candidates released by the BJP today, the PM and Amit Shah have made it clear that Yogi likes to be treated as an independent who can’t really be told what he wants. have to do, they are in too much control. Yogi’s deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya was desperate to contest from Mathura, the city of Krishna. Birth place Where a movement has been started for a new temple to replace a mosque. Instead, he has been directed to contest from Sirathu in Prayagraj district. Shrikant Sharma, the sitting MLA from Mathura, will contest the election. Maurya and Sharma are not face to face. The trick is not subtle.
Of the 107 tickets announced today, 44 have gone to OBC candidates, 19 to Dalits and 10 to women candidates.
Significantly, the mini OBC rebellion and the exodus of three ministers and their supporters are already showing results. 63 out of 83 sitting MLAs have been allowed to contest again, defying Amit Shah’s formula of getting 40 per cent MLAs in the past to beat the anti-incumbency wave.
The BJP has reiterated all its dynasties as candidates. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh gets another visit from Noida; Kalyan Singh’s grandson Sandeep Singh and late BJP MP Hukum Singh’s daughter Mriganka Singh will also contest from Kairana, where the BJP alleges that Hindus are migrating.
(Swati Chaturvedi is a writer and journalist who has worked with The Indian Express, The Statesman and The Hindustan Times.)
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