Amit Shah in UP to set tone for 2019 LS polls
BJP president Amit Shah's three-day Vistaar Pravas is not only in the headline for his 18 political meetings, but it also has political significance as observers see it as a major push for the largest party ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Shah's visit started from Saturday and he would be meeting not only office bearers of various frontal organizations, ministers and other leaders also.
Meanwhile, the growing numbers of complaints against the state BJP legislators have become serious concern for the party top brass. Thus, the party president could go for 'straight talks' with them. Sources said, the complaints were made by party MPs from UP to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their recent meeting. This could damage the party's 'transparent governance' acronym as BJP's main agenda was corruption, law and order situation and nepotism during Samajwadi Party regime in the last Assembly elections.
Several UP ministers are also yet to file a declaration of their assets with the UP assembly secretariat despite repeated warnings by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Few have also embarrassed the party with unpleasant comments also.
Thus, along with managing the political alliances and vote percentages with regional parties in other states, managing its own legislators have also become cynosure of Shah.
Coincidentally, the resignation of BSP and SP MLCs on the first day of Shah's visit has added another feather on BJP's hat. Sources said, they are waiting for nod from saffron quarters.
SP MLCs Bukkal Nawab, Yashwant Singh and BSP MLC Jaiveer Singh have tendered their resignation from their posts on Saturday.
According to BJP sources, Shah would also interact with the functionaries of the RSS and few organisations in Kashi, Gorakhpur, Avadh and Kanpur regions–are reportedly not happy with the new Yogi government.
A reshuffle in the BJP state wing is also expected. Shah had already deliberated on the vacancies that would arise after resignations of Adityanath as Gorakhpur MP and Keshav Prasad Maurya as Phoolpur MP and their subsequent election to either House of the state Assembly before September 19 of this year.
Shah is accompanied by BJP national Vice-President and in-charge of the state, Om Prakash Mathur, National General Secretaries Arun Singh and Anil Jain.