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Published Time: 05.06.2024 - 09:13:47 Modified Time: 05.06.2024 - 09:13:47

The book, published by Rupa Publications, is an account of the lives and tenures of 21 CMs of India’s most politically significant State. In the chapter the current CM, Mr. Yadav writes that, in May and June of 2021, several meetings were organised both in Delhi and Lucknow to discuss whether Mr. Adityanath was to be removed from the post or not. There had been demands from BJP leaders and workers in the State to remove him for a variety of reasons, including the alienation of the Brahmin community, claims that the CM was being aloof from the party organisation, and frequent paper leaks in government recruitment exams. Yogi Adityanath



Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo Credit: ANI

The book, published by Rupa Publications, is an account of the lives and tenures of 21 CMs of India’s most politically significant State. In the chapter the current CM, Mr. Yadav writes that, in May and June of 2021, several meetings were organised both in Delhi and Lucknow to discuss whether Mr. Adityanath was to be removed from the post or not. There had been demands from BJP leaders and workers in the State to remove him for a variety of reasons, including the alienation of the Brahmin community, claims that the CM was being aloof from the party organisation, and frequent paper leaks in government recruitment exams.

There was also talk, Mr. Yadav writes, of frequent tussles between Mr. Adityanath and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya. “Amid his ongoing tussle with deputy CM Maurya, after intervention from some RSS leaders, he made a surprise visit to Maurya’s residence on June 22nd, 2021 in an attempt to mend fences. Before Yogi Adityanath could be convinced the change of leadership, the BJP assessed that if he was removed, the party would suffer,” writes Mr. Yadav.

The matter was finally settled when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Lucknow for a government event, met with the Chief Minister at the city’s Raj Bhawan. After the meeting on November 21, 2021, Mr. Adityanath tweeted a picture of the pair, with Mr. Modi’s hand on his shoulder, accompanied by a poem which, translated into English, reads thus: “We have started a journey with a commitment, sacrificing our body and mind, to bring a sunrise; have to go high above the sky and make a new India.”

The BJP’s current predicament in U.P. has brought this incident into sharp relief, and Mr. Adityanath is likely to be part of the State’s political future for a long time to come.

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