Lucknow: Close on the heels of ally, Cabinet Minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar’s threat to resign, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP is holding a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Speculations have been rife that there could be a Cabinet reshuffle before Diwali, ahead of the general elections next year. (Also read: Rajbhar Reacts to Giriraj Comment, Says it is Easier to Talk)
Sources said the meeting will also brainstorm on relief measures for fertilizer firms and take up two proposals from the environment department. On agenda would also be declaring the area around Chitrakoot a ‘free zone’ to move forward with the transport agreement between UP and Madhya Pradesh. New guidelines for basic health workers and observers could also come up for discussion.
Some media reports said the meeting would also approve a proposal on colour-coding of vehicles. Buses running under contract would be sky blue. Taxi bikes will now be red, maroon or black as well. Likewise, CNG vehicles would be green while electric vehicles would be white. Taxis would need to have ‘TAXI’ painted on them. In the previous Cabinet meeting, the proposal to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj was cleared.
Last Saturday, Rajbhar had expressed his dissatisfaction with the BJP government, claiming that whenever he spoke about the poor, the BJP veered to Hindu-Muslim issue. Threatening to resign as minister, he had said his “heart is broken. Should I fight for the poor or become a slave of the BJP?”
“I have come here to fight for the poor and not to toe the line of the BJP. I am not here to taste power,” he had said while addressing the “Ghulami Chhodo, Samaj Jodo” rally to mark the 16th foundation day of his party. “They haven’t even given us a party office. I had come prepared to resign today from this platform itself,” Rajbhar said. The leader had also been upset over rebel Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav being allotted a government bungalow.