Even victories can sometimes throw up strange dilemmas in the political world. This is evident currently in Uttar Pradesh, where neither the Chief Minister nor the 2 deputy chief ministers are part of the state assembly. All three are MPs, but to continue in the state assembly, they need to be elected from any of the assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. BJP has been waiting till this time since the votes of these MPs were necessary to ensure the win of NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Now, that Kovind has been successfully appointed the President, the focus shifts to UP where a lot of changes need to be made. The first priority will of course be to get Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath elected to the state assembly. Yogi has to get elected by September to be able to continue in office. Yogi will probably contest from Gorakhpur, from where, he has been winning for 5 consecutive terms.
The next priority would be to settle deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is expected to be given a birth in the central government. However, there’s a problem, in that, Maurya is the state BJP Chief and when he is moved to Delhi, there will be a scramble for the state BJP chief’s position. The BJP has to look out for this aspect as well. Another complication is that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati may contest in Phulpur Lok Sabha by-poll (currently held by Maurya), which would create more challenges for BJP. The opposition will put its weight behind Mayawati, making it tough for BJP to win the by-poll. BJP President Amit Shah will be visiting the state later this week to discuss and resolve all such issues.