His is a voice taken very seriously by the Union Government. Though he keeps a low profile, he has the power to influence and push policy decisions. While he is well- known as an organisation man, Gopal’s grip over the new establishment is not very well known even within the ruling dispensation. An RSS pracharak, he had been the brain behind many innovative rural health initiatives by various BJP state governments in the past. A PhD in Botany, ‘Gopalji’ had played a key role in the 2014 General Election from his Varanasi office. His knowledge of the electoral dynamics of Uttar Pradesh helped the BJP frame its poll strategy in the state. He was born in Hasayan, a small town in UP. Gopal has authored several books, including one on BR Ambedkar, and is someone who closely watches the goings-on in the corridors of power. He is known to be firm and has built a strong network of contacts within and outside the Government.