The BJP has started work on the party’s electoral strategy for the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, fearing that the handling of the Covid-19 crisis could negatively impact the party’s prospects in the poll crucial next year.
Several top leaders have gathered in recent days to discuss the way forward for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Interior Minister Amit Shah reportedly attended a meeting of the BJP and its ideological relative Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday to discuss the party’s strategy.
Senior RSS and BJP leaders discussed the impact of the ongoing Covid crisis on the UP elections next year and the strategy the party will adopt to strengthen its position in the state.
According to sources, aware of the meeting in Delhi, PM Modi was joined by BJP chief JP Nadda and UP BJP (organizational) secretary general Sunil Bansal in a meeting with RSS chief, Dattatreya Hosabale.
The BJP appears to have activated damage control mode after the setback it faced in key panchayat election seats.
The meeting in Delhi between RSS and BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah, also came at a time when the government of Uttar Pradesh has come under fire for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic . Hundreds of bodies were found floating in the Ganges recently, raising suspicions that the abandoned corpses could be those of Covid-19 patients.
Not just the opposition, but members of the ruling BJP have also questioned Yogi Adityanath’s handling of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 9, Union Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar complained to the chief minister about the situation in his Bareilly constituency, saying officials are not taking calls and government health centers are referring patients. for district hospital “ referrals ”. In a letter to Adityanath, he also complained about the “great shortage” of empty oxygen cylinders and the high prices of medical equipment in Bareilly.
BJP’s Sitapur MP also expressed resentment over the handling of Covid-19 in the state, saying he feared a sedition charge for speaking out.
“What is the status of deputies? If we talk too much, we will also be charged with treason and sedition, ”Rakesh Rathore told reporters questioned about the intensive care facilities in Sitapur.
Under criticism from various quarters over the management of the pandemic, BJP Nadda wrote last week to the CMs of the BJP-led states and urged them to launch initiatives to help those who have suffered as a result of the pandemic of Covid-19.
In a letter to senior ministers in party-led states, Nadda of the BJP also said that no celebratory events would be held to mark the anniversary due to the circumstances caused by the pandemic and added that various programs of well- be would be organized instead.
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