There was a time not long ago when Yogi Adtiyanath was seen as the next champion of BJP and RSS. Said to have been mentored by PM Narendra Modi, there seems to be some trouble brewing in the paradise.
Disputes have erupted between the two leaders, primarily over the appointment of a Modi applicant to Adityanath’s cabinet. The chief minister is said to have bluntly refused to accommodate former Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma as deputy chief minister, despite the prime minister’s wishes.
PM Modi maintained utter silence on CM Yogi Adityanath’s birthday on June 5, further fueling speculation that tensions are brewing within the saffron party, before a high-stakes assembly election.
Now to make this stress even more evident, PM Modi’s image has been cut out of the BJP ‘s UP assembly election banners.
The BJP hailed Yogi Adityanah as the star campaigner in all corners of the country, whether in Kerala, Gujarat, the Northeast, or West Bengal, despite the fact that the results of his campaigning appear to be unappealing.
नदियों को स्वच्छ और संरक्षित रखना भाजपा सरकार का लक्ष्य
नमामि गंगे से जुड़ी 46 परियोजनाएं स्वीकृत, 21 परियोजनाएं हो चुकी हैं पूरी। pic.twitter.com/qqVDMLf1oJ
— BJP Uttar Pradesh (@BJP4UP) June 6, 2021
The shining Hindutva torchbearer now appears to be beyond RSS control and a direct threat to Narendra Modi’s formidable Hindutva image.
Political observers recall the feud between Kalyan Singh, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He attempted to throw a dagger at Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but it backfired. The situation deteriorated to the point where Kalyan Singh was forced to consider forming an alliance with his political rival Mulayam Singh Yadav.
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