New Delhi, March 21: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah today to discuss Cabinet portfolios. The fierce leader will arrive in Delhi for the meeting on Tuesday morning. This will be the first meeting between the leaders after the UP CM assumed the chief ministerial office. The Prime Minister and Amit Shah had met the mercurial leader in his oath-taking ceremony on Sunday.
According to reports, the name for the post of speaker of the Vidhan Sabha may also be decided. Many important questions like what portfolios would be given to the deputy chief ministers will also be discussed. The biggest bone of contention would be the home ministry as many would be vying for the post. The new chief minister would be grappling with these issues.
Apart from deciding on Cabinet portfolios, other discussions as to the state’s administrative business may also take place. A discussion on the implementation of the central schemes might also happen. (Also read: Yogi Adityanath asks IAS officers to declare assets within 15 days, makes them take oath of cleanliness)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed senior IAS officer Nripendra Mishra the Central observer to keep an eye on the administration of the state. The officer will report to the Prime Minister and will be the key link between him and Yogi Adityanath. The officer met the UP chief minister on Monday. Such meetings would happen often for coordination between the Centre and the state.
Yogi Adityanath and the party high command have given ministerial status to 47 MLAs. The Bharatiya Janata Party rewarded the other backward caste group for their recent display of loyalty towards the party. The party gave 14 ministerial positions to the caste group. The party didn’t want to be seen to be ignoring their traditional vote bank–the Brahmins, Thakurs, and Baniyas– as they have allocated a total of 23 ministerial berths to these caste groups. This includes 8 to Brahmins, 8 to Kayastha-vaishya, and 7 to Thakurs. These three communities have also got to the top positions. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is a Thakur by caste, whereas Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya is an OBC. Another deputy CM Dinesh Sharma is a Brahmin. The Dalits have also got a massive representation as 6 leaders have been given ministerial status. Interestingly, out of 14 OBCs, only 1 is a Yadav. The ministers are from Maurya, Lodha, Rajbhar and Nishad castes. 2 Jats have also been inducted in the list of ministers. (Also read: Yogi Adityanath Cabinet selection takes care of BJP’s electoral equations for 2019)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attacked by the Opposition for not giving a single seat to Muslims, effectively depleting Muslim representation in the state legislature. The party seemed to be trying to shed the image by inducting a Muslim in its Cabinet. Former cricketer Mohsin Raza is the only Muslim representative in Yogi Adityanath’s Cabinet. Since he not a member of either house, he may be inducted into the legislative assembly.
Regional sentiments have also been taken into account. The Purvanchal region, under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath, has been sending the maximum number of MPs and MLAs even when the party was down and out. In 2017 Assembly Elections also, Purvanchal supported the BJP in a big way and the party leadership rewarded the region with 17 ministerial berths. UP CM Yogi Adityanath seems to have a big say in giving the biggest chunk to this region. 13 ministers are from the Awadh region, 12 from Western Uttar Pradesh, 3 from Rohelkhand, and 2 from Bundelkhand region.