Even as floating dead bodies within the Ganga and unabated deaths thanks to acute shortage of oxygen have made headlines in Uttar Pradesh over the past two months, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath continues to be filled with self-praise for his “management” of the second wave of Covid-19 while proclaiming how Yogi-Modi was preparing the state for an impending third wave.
However, speculation is rife that the approaching days might not have excellent news future for the saffron-clad sadhu-turned-politician who was ready for a showdown with none aside from the person who installed him on the coveted chair of UP chief minister four years back. Today, if there’s a stand-off between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it’s he who is liable for bringing things to such a pass.
Yogi’s “autocratic” sort of functioning has often been a topic of debate in Yogi-Modi the BJP and RSS circles, where an outsized chunk of the ruling party’s legislators are raising red flags against him. The common complaint was that Yogi was largely guided by the bureaucracy while party functionaries were ignored and administered step-motherly treatment. Mismanagement of the second corona wave was also due to him being surrounded by sycophants.
The complaints by partymen talked about the wide gap between tall claims and ground reality. A senior minister within the Yogi government was understood to possess gone to the extent of remarking the failure of the chief minister in ensuring the completion of one expressway out of the several projects undertaken by the govt four years ago.
Perhaps with a view to setting his development record straight, the party supreme headquarters decided to air-drop a seasoned bureaucrat from Delhi. Pat came Arvind Kumar Sharma, a Gujarat–cadre IAS officer, who took premature retirement and was promptly nominated as a member of the legislature (MLC) in UP. Known for his proximity to Modi with whom he had worked since 2001 when Modi became Gujarat chief minister for the primary time, Sharma was understood to possess been drafted for a deputy chief minister’s position in Lucknow.
With two deputy CMs – Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya – already in situ , it had been pretty obvious that Arvind Kumar Sharma would replace one among them. it might are understandable if the objection to the present ex-bureaucrat’s induction had come from either of them. But the loudest voice of dissent came from none aside from Yogi Adityanath, who apparently saw Arvind Kumar Sharma as some quite a check on him.
Without giving it a reconsideration , he’s stated to possess flatly refused to accommodate Sharma. which was what gave rise to a chilly war that seems to possess blown into an open stand-off between him and therefore the prime minister now.
It is widely believed that Yogi chose to stay oblivious of the very fact that his detractors were growing in numbers. His “yes-men” who keep hovering around him led him to believe that he had become larger than life which he had the potential of becoming a natural successor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Perhaps that was what prompted Yogi to believe that he could have his way with anything. which reflected not only in his refusal to accommodate Sharma but even within the introductory meeting with him.
Apart from avoiding even a meeting with Sharma, Yogi is believed to possess been somewhat impolite and curt with the person who had put in his papers as secretary to the govt of India only to hold out the needs of the prime minister who wanted him as his pointsman in Lucknow.
Initially, the prime minister’s wishes were conveyed to Yogi by UP Governor Anandiben Patel, who air-dashed to Lucknow after curtailing her visit to Bhopal, where she holds the twin charge of Madhya Pradesh also . But after the hour-long meeting, which made it loud and clear that Yogi was a tough nut to crack, some within the administration of the RSS and BJP were activated.
RSS national deputy chief Dattatreya Hosabale was the primary to arrive in Lucknow, where he spent three days holding parleys with a number of UP ministers, legislators and senior BJP also as RSS functionaries to collect feedback on Yogi and his sort of working. it’s another matter that Yogi neither has his roots within the RSS nor has any close or old association with the BJP. He grew out of his private outfit called the Hindu Yuva Vahini, which frequently openly opposed the BJP within the past.
Close on the heels of Hosabale came two very senior ruling party leaders – B.L. Santhosh and Radha Mohan Singh – who also administered an equivalent exercise because the RSS bigwig. They also met Yogi, who is believed to possess stuck to his guns as far as Sharma was concerned.
With all three back in Delhi on Thursday, deliberations have already begun at the very best level to require the ultimate turn Uttar Pradesh . If Yogi remains adamant about not taking Sharma on board as deputy chief minister, Prime Minister Modi is additionally firm about ensuring compliance together with his wishes.
Sharma’s profile has grown manifold within the five months that he has been in Lucknow since he was nominated an MLC. which is because of none aside from Yogi Adityanath’s visibly immature handling of the difficulty . Any seasoned politician would have gotten over the Sharma episode as a routine exercise that would have gone casually noticed and without multiple and repeated headlines that he has been getting due to Yogi’s resistance.
How far will Yogi be ready to defy Modi could also be a million-dollar question. But it had been also unthinkable that Modi would succumb to the defiance by a loud-mouthed rabble-rouser chief minister, just because of the political constraints on account of the approaching state elections barely eight months away.
Only if Yogi had cared to seem back to the pages of recent history, perhaps he could have avoided the present misadventure. in any case who doesn’t know the fate of Kalyan Singh, who got virtually reduced to a minion after he revolted as UP chief minister against then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. That too when Kalyan Singh was a way bigger name than what Yogi-Modi is way too different from Vajpayee when it involves handling dissent or defiance.
Those arguing in favour of the saffron-clad Yogi describe him as “invincible” just because he’s seen because the biggest Hindutva icon, who fits most ideally into the ‘Hindu Rashtra’ dream of the RSS. However, when it involves scoring on the question of truly fulfilling the dreams that the RSS had nurtured over the decades -Yogi-Modi dream Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370, or abolition of ‘triple talaq’ – would Yogi stand anywhere on the brink of a Narendra Modi who is credited with each of those?
The next few days would bring out the solution to those riddles, thereby determining not only the political destiny of Uttar Pradesh but also the political clout enjoyed by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath as also the political stature and strength of prime minister Narendra Modi.