Adityanath meets PM & Shah to fix portfolios
Unlike other BJP-ruled state governments, the new elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and his Government seem to be under the remote control of the party high command in New Delhi, something that seems to have been proved by Adityanath's visit to the national capital on Tuesday.
The new UP CM met Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj and also held an hour-long meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national President Amit Shah in the afternoon. Adityanath also met President Pranab Mukherjee and veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani.
It is being speculated that the UP CM, who is a sanyasi of the Gorakhnath Dham of Gorakhpur and "inexperienced" in politics, discussed the portfolio allocation of ministers with both Modi and Shah. Some media reports are even going to the extent of claiming that the functioning of the new state government will be directly monitored by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Government sources also said that Modi's principle secretary Nripendra Misra has been asked to keep in touch with the 44-year-old UP Chief Minister to guide him on the implementation of government schemes and coordination between the Centre and the state. A clear message goes that the credit for the two-thirds majority mandate in the UP Assembly goes to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Adityanath owes his "throne" to Modi.
Adityanath has also relieved all non-government advisers, chairmen, deputy chairmen and members in corporations, committees and departments of their charges with effect from Tuesday. He issued orders to "terminate the services of all the non-government advisers, chairmen, deputy chairmen, members in corporations, different committees and department and relieve them", official sources said. Acting on the Chief Minister's directive, an order was issued by state Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.
CM rushes from Airport to Shah house
UP CM Yogi Adityanath rushed back from the airport to the residence of BJP chief Amit Shah here for an 'unscheduled' meeting on Tuesday evening. The Chief Minister was on his way to the airport when his carcade made a U-turn. He remained at Shah's residence for nearly an hour.
He later reached his Rakab Ganj Road residence, which he has been occupying as a Lok Sabha member. Sources said further discussion on allocation of portfolios to the UP Council of Ministers was the reason for Adityanath's prolonged stay in the national capital.
The presence of two heavyweights as Deputy Chief Ministers and various regional and caste satraps in the ministry has made the task a tricky one for the party.