Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the BJP met all opposition parties for a consensus on Ram Nath Kovind's candidature, but they did not agree for political reasons and added that some non-NDA parties were supporting Kovind.
“The party is very much concerned about keeping up its image when it is ruling both in the state and the Centre. A number of people from other parties wanted to join BJP after it came to power in March," a senior BJP leader said.
According to sources, the first name that has been proposed is of Raj Bhushan Singh Rawat, currently Adityanath’s personal assistant. He used to work with him in Delhi but moved to Lucknow soon after Adityanath was sworn in as Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday evening to attend Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination ceremony. While Adityanath is a Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur, Maurya is the MP from Phoolpur.
In its manifesto for the 2012 Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party had promised to build the boundary walls around kabristans. After the party came to power, the government decided to give effect to the proposal in its first cabinet meeting on March 15, 2012.
Sodhi said Amul was paying Rs 360 crore annually to farmers in UP and plans to increase this to Rs 3500 crore per annum. The chief minister extended support by offering to enter into an agreement with the company to operate the milk processing plant coming up in Varanasi. He also directed the plant’s capacity be raised from Rs 4 lakh litres to 6 lakh litres a day.
“An ordinary carpet was laid on the ground where CM sat with members of the Ambedkar Jankalyan Seva Samiti, who all were Dalits. CM and all others were served food in ‘pattals’ (leaf plates) and were served water in kulhad (earthen pot)”.
As a first step in this direction, the BJP government has decided to put up statues of Raja Suheldeo — the 11th century king of Shravasti who is reported to have belonged to the Rajbhar community (OBC) — both inside and outside the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal (Ambedkar Memorial).
BJP's Lucknow chief has issued a showcause notice to Mohanlalganj MP Kaushal Kishore and five other party workers for allegedly inducting SP and BSP leaders without permission and indulging in anti-party activities.