The BJP leadership is in two minds over a high profile by-election in Phulpur, which could see the opposition in UP unite and set a template for 2019.
After his chief ministerial term ends in 2019, Nitish Kumar will have to deal with a BJP which is suspicious of regional leaders like him.
On March 20, the ABVP disrupted a seminar at a college in Bareilly, alleging that retired BHU professor Chauthi Ram Yadav had made controversial remarks about the RSS.
The militant Yogi has built his political career out of spewing venom against Muslims.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
The BJP could see this as a godsend because its position in UP has been steadily slipping over the past year or so primarily because of rural and agriculture distress caused by two back-to-back droughts.