Lucknow: The BJP's COVID reviewing committee has extolled the Yogi Adityanath government for its 'unparalleled' efforts in controlling the second wave of the pandemic in UP despite reports of uncounted dead bodies floating in the state's rivers.
The clean-chit report came out amid the hue and cry from many quarters, including the BJP fold, against the government's COVID handling in the state where thousands of people reportedly died due to lack of oxygen facilities.
The pleasing report came after the BJP national general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh held one-on-one meetings with ministers from the Yogi Government for two days as part of reviewing Yogi's COVID management in the state.
This is the first time top BJP leaders held a meeting in the state after Yogi became Chief Minister in 2017. The BJP sources said that the meetings were to assess the social work done by the party leaders and formulate a strategy to prevent a third wave.
Many BJP leaders in the state came out in public criticising the state government's COVID handling. There were instances of BJP MLAs and Ministers going public expressing concerns over the leadership's unresponsive stand against people's woes.
They have also pointed out this irresponsibility from the leadership was the reason for the party's poorer than expected performance in the recent panchayat polls.
Responding to the meetings with the national leadership, the BJP's state in-charge, Radha Mohan Singh, said that the meetings reviewed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's efforts in controlling the COVID situation which was better compared to other states. Mohan Singh also ruled out any thought of replacing the present leadership in the state.
Ministers who met the national leadership claimed that the meeting mostly focused on strengthening the organisational system to meet the upcoming state assembly elections.