LUCKNOW: A day after taking office as the first Jat leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, 55, resigned as minister of panchayati raj in the Yogi government 2.0.
After Chaudhary’s decision, which is in line with the BJP’s “one person, one post” policy, the buzz is that Chaudhary’s portfolio could go to Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is also Minister of Urban Development and the panchayati raj ministry. is seen as a natural extension of Maurya’s portfolio.
Additionally, at the Center, the rural development and panchayati raj ministries report to Union Minister Giriraj Singh, a point which has accelerated the buzz around Maurya by also securing charge of the panchayati raj.
However, a senior officer said nothing was certain at this time. “These are political decisions and so while the buzz is about a certain minister, nothing can be said until the name is announced. The final call would be made by the chief minister, who is the head of the council of ministers,” the officer said.
On Tuesday, Chaudhary, who arrived with a reputation for being a straightforward and approachable leader, tweeted information about his expected resignation from the cabinet.
“I resigned from the cabinet today and will now discharge the responsibility of the BJP Head of State.” Chaudhary tweeted while thanking the party leadership for their guidance and leadership.
Interestingly, after stepping down as minister due to the party’s “one person, one position” policy, Chaudhary would now apply the same policy to several party officials who became ministers in the Yogi 2.0 government and would therefore be replaced. when Chaudhary sets up a new committee. members of the office.
“Party vice presidents AK Sharma and Daya Shankar Singh both became ministers. While Sharma is Cabinet Minister for Urban Development and Energy, Singh is Minister of State (independent) for Transport. The party’s general secretary, JPS Rathore, is minister of state for cooperatives. Narendra Kashyap, the leader of the OBC wing of the BJP has been appointed Minister for the Welfare of the Backward Classes.
Throughout the day there was a long queue of party officials, leaders and ministers meeting Chaudhary.
During Chaudhary’s welcome reception held at the BJP headquarters in Lucknow on Monday, CM Yogi Adityanath praised his performance as minister panchayati raj.
“UP is a large state with 18 commissioners, 75 districts, 826 development blocks, over 3,000 nyay panchayats, over 58,000 gram panchayats and over 1.10 lakh revenue villages. You would have seen during Bhupendra ji’s tenure as panchayati raj minister, BJP won 67 out of 75 zila panchayat chief positions. Of the 826 development blocks, more than 650 block pramukhs came from the BJP. Most gram panchayats now have a BJP member as gram pradhans. Bhupendra Singhji’s tenure has also seen the state take a giant leap towards creating ODF plus state,” Yogi had said in Chaudhary’s praise.
As panchayati raj minister, Chaudhary won laurels for building most toilets in rural areas as part of the government’s cleanliness mission.