Speculations over UP Chief Minister unnecessary and futile : Rajnath Singh

Speculations over UP Chief Minister unnecessary and futile : Rajnath Singh

Newly-elected UP BJP MLAs will meet here on March 18 and are likely to elect their legislature party leader, a week after the party won the assembly elections with three-fourth majority.

Is he going to be the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?

Top sources in the BJP say the decision on the chief ministers has to be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah alone.

Reportedly, a few frontrunners in the race for UP CM are UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Manoj Sinha.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, considered the front runner for the post in U.P., when asked whether he was offered the job, said: "Kya faltu baat hai, sab anaavashyak hai [what useless talk is this, completely unnecessary]". "So, there is no question of holding or putting it off".

Union Minister JP Nadda has said said that BJP president Amit Shah has been authorised to choose the next CM. He, however, maintained he had no knowledge of whether it was in connection with the swearing-in of the new government. Another name which is doing the rounds is of 63-year-old Suresh Kumar Khanna, an eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur constituency, who has not lost a single election till date.

The party also knows that given the kind of bumper voting it has seen from both forward caste as well as Non-Yadav OBC, it would not want to upset the caste balance. In such a case, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, a Bhumihar by caste becomes a strong contender for the post.

The BJP scored a massive victory in the recently held Assembly elections winning 57 of the 70 seats.

"This is because the kind of support people have given to us, we have to rise to their sky-high expectations, and it will be a challenge to fulfil those", he said.

Rajnath Singh, a senior leader said, fits the bill because of his stature and administrative experience.

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