With Uttar Pradesh BJP chief independent Dev Singh Yogi Adityanath joining the cabinet, the ruling party is now considering nominating a new state unit chief. Sources said the party would ask Singh to resign following the “one man, one post” rule and a replacement was likely to be appointed soon.
Sources added that the BJP is considering appointing a Brahmin face to the post this time. “The post of state president is being discussed and it is revolving around appointing a Brahmin to the post,” said a senior party leader.
Among those being considered are former deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, state general secretary Gopal Narayan Shukla and former state power minister Shri Kant Sharma.
This community is electively important in the state because it accounts for about 10% of the total population. The BJP is also considering a Brahmin face as the community is believed to have fully supported the party in the recent assembly elections.
During the vote, a panel of top Brahmin leaders was formed to awaken the disgruntled community. During the first term of the Yogi Adityanath government, some leaders were annoyed with the neglect of the Brahmin community.
Party sources believe that if Brajesh Pathak is given the post of Deputy CM, a Brahmin state unit will ensure community representation in both the head government and the organization.
Senior leaders who were ministers in the previous government but did not join the cabinet this time, such as Siddharth Nath Singh, Ashutosh or Gopal Tandon, may also be given a place in the organization.
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