WHY BJP OPTED TWO DEPUTY CMs STRATEGY IN UP?

By:Ashish Malik

The 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections have been no less than a thriller movie so far. Yogi Adityanath (Ajay Singh Bisht), the 44-year-old BJP leader known for his firebrand Hindutva image, comes from the Rajput community and is the head of the Gorakhnath Mutt in Gorakhpur.Adityanath is popular for his fiery speeches among his supporters. Yogi Adityanath’s profile is seen as above caste, and the political messaging is clearly aimed at consolidating a Hindutva constituency around the Hindu nationalist plank ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Yogi Adityanath is not just the popular choice among BJP’s 325 legislators, but also commands a giant following in eastern UP. Both these influenced Mr Modi to select him as the CM of Uttar Pradesh. As his views are radical, and to keep a check on him, two UP stalwarts were put in place as Deputy Chief Ministers. Keshav Prasad Maurya represents a key segment of the OBC consolidation while Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma is a Brahmin. The Deputy Chief Ministers would represent a caste balance and to bear some of the administrative load, given that Adityanath could need some time to learn the ropes. In addition this proposal to have one Deputy Chief Minister to look after Bundelkhand, one of the most under-developed regions of the state; and another to look after western Uttar Pradesh.By appointment of Yogi aditya nath as CM and two deputy chief ministers in UP BJP leadership took long steps in Indian Poltics. It appears that same experiment has been done in J&K by BJP by giving message that they are not against Muslim.

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