Lucknow, Apr 8: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi amid complaints by some BJP MPs that their problems are being ignored by the Uttar Pradesh government. During a part of the meeting, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya was also present.
The meeting between Modi and Adityanath lasted for over one-and-a-half hour. It also assumes significance as BJP MP Chottelal, a Dalit face of the party, had complained to the prime minister of “mistreatment” by the chief minister, sources have been quoted as saying.
Some other MPs are reportedly upset at the way the state government is dealing with their complaints and requests related to their respective constituencies.
Earlier on Saturday, a Dalit MP from Uttar Pradesh had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the Centre was ignoring Dalits. The letter by Yashwant Singh, an MP from Nagina in UP, said, “Being a Dalit, my capabilities haven’t been put to use. I only became an MP because of reservation…in 4 years, the government has done nothing for the 30 crore Dalits in the country.” Singh’s letter also calls for the Supreme Court to do a rethink on its decision on the SC/ST Act.
Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has strongly refuted charges levelled against his government by another Dalit MP just a day ago. On Friday, MP Ashok Dohre had written to the PM, claiming that following the April 2 violence in the state during the agitation against the “dilution” of the SC/ST Act, Dalits were being targeted.
Earlier also, an MP from Allahabad had written to the Prime Minister, levelling similar charges against the state chief minister. Tribal MP from Robertsganj, Chote Lal Karwar, had alleged that he had met the CM twice to complain about corruption in the district administration and forest department in Chandauli. However, he alleged that he was “scolded and thrown out”.
As per a report, the two are also learnt to have discussed the bypoll to the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant due to the demise of BJP member Hukum Singh in February.
With the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party set to replicate their alliance which helped them win the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls, the two are understood to have discussed the election strategy.
Kairana, a Jat dominated region in Shamli district in western UP, was in 2014 won by BJP’s Hukum Singh, who died due to illness in February this year, necessitating the bypoll.