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Arvind Sharma : Modi’s man in UP

Political scene heats up
Enter Vol.14 ISSUE 7-9 DECEMBER 2020

BJP leaders in Lucknow were bewildered when former Secretary MSME and long-time associate of the Prime Minister, Arvind Kumar Sharma, a 1988-batch IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre, came all suited and booted to file his nomination as Member of the Legislative Council (MLC). Uttar Pradesh is a very important state for the BJP and

Modi is all too aware of this. Nripendra Misra, former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, is said to have reported back to Narendra Modi about UP. Sunil Bansal, the State General Secretary (Org.) of BJP and close to Amit Shah, is reportedly the controlling head of the party and de facto head of the UP government. Sending Arvind Sharma to UP indicates that the power balance is under threat and damage control is required. A Bhumihar from Maunath Bhanjan District of UP, Arvind Sharma’s entry into politics seems indicative of Modi’s future moves. UP is a politically volatile state and as per sources, the ph

enomenal rise of Yogi Adiyanath is disturbing the powers that be in Delhi’s corridors. As per sources, Delhi was not getting very encouraging reports from Lucknow. There is reportedly a vertical divide among Brahmins and Thakurs, wh

ether they are in politics or in the civil services. As Sharma’s batchmates inform, he is a very shy and low-profile sharp individual. He understands the mindset and working style of Modi as he has been associated with him since 2001. Apart from politics, the Ram Mandir too has to be constructed and massive infrastructure projects are likely to be launched in UP ahead of the assembly elections.  Arvind Sharma is a devote Hindu and reportedly do three hours worship every day in the morning before starting his day The BJP has 310 out of 403 MLAs in the UP assembly which will have elections in March 2022. Whatever may be the reasons for Arvind Sharma’s entry into politics, from now on Lucknow will be reporting to Delhi.

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