After the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections and ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections next year, top BJP and RSS leaders met to devise a strategy to counter the growing perception against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the handling of the second Covid wave. PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were present at the meeting between the BJP and the RSS to discuss the impact of the ongoing Covid crisis on the election in UP next year and the strategy that will be adopted by the party to strengthen its position in the state. BJP president JP Nadda, RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale and UP general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal were present too. The BJP seems to have switched on the damage control mode after the setback it faced in key seats in the panchayat election. A possible expansion in the state Cabinet and a role for former IAS officer Arvind Sharma are also learnt to have been discussed.