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Rajnath Singh leads race to be UP CM

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  • March 15, 2017
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After securing a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is now in the process of zeroing in on a credible face for the chief minister’s post. According to sources in the BJP, party president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh have had a conversation on the possibility of Singh going to Uttar Pradesh as the chief minister. Party insiders say that a decision on the CM face for Uttar Pradesh is likely to be finalized soon.

As per the sources in the BJP as saying that party president Amit Shah has met and talked to Rajnath Singh on the possibility of Union Home Minister going to UP as Chief Minister. The media house also quoted ‘highly-placed sources’ as saying that going by the mandate in UP, the chief ministerial candidate must be someone who can take all communities along with him.

At the same time, Shah has reportedly been consulting senior RSS leaders on the choice for CM in UP. He is said t have had a detailed meeting with senior RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, who is Sangh’s point person for coordination with the BJP. The secretary of the parliamentary board and Union Minister JP Nadda had said after its meeting on Sunday that Shah has been authorized to choose the next CM.

Another name doing the rounds is that of Manoj Sinha (57), the Minister of State for Railways. An upper caste Bhumihar, he belongs to Poorvanchal, the area which is in the focus of the BJP. Regarded as a dedicated and quiet worker, he is considered close to the top party leadership and many feel he has a fair chance if the party decides against showing preference for an OBC fare.

Driven by the ‘Modi wave’, the BJP today stormed to power in UP after 14 years, securing three-fourths majority and demolishing rivals SP-Congress and BSP in a keenly-contested Assembly polls.


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