A week after the stunning victory in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, BJP will announce the chief minister today evening. Though there are several names doing the rounds, the possibility of a surprise name emerging out is not completely ruled out. The newly elected legislators of the BJP will be meeting in Lucknow today evening to elect their leader.
The party has made all the arrangement for swearing-in ceremony on Sunday at a sprawling complex on the outskirts of Lucknow. The swearing in ceremony is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other senior leaders of the BJP.
The frontrunners for the post are state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and telecom minister Manoj Sinha. Keshav Prasad Maurya today morning met prime minister today morning triggering speculation. His supporters in UP hold placards and shouted slogans demanding the leadership to appoint him as the chief minister. Yogi Adityanath has also flown to Delhi to meet party leaders. The last minute huddle of the leaders have triggered the speculation that a consensus has not arrived regarding the chief minister
47-year-old Maurya, comes from a backward community and is credited with crafting support from the OBCs for the BJP. During the Ram Temple movement he was closely associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. He is now credited for backward castes to the BJP fold ahead of the polls.
Telecom minister Manoj Sinha is another name that is reportedly being considered for the top post. Member of Parliament from Ghaziyapur. He became MP for the second time. An upper-caste Bhumihar leader, Sinha is considered close to Modi and he manages the PM’s Varanasi parliamentary constituency.
Another union minister who is considered for the post is home minister Rajnath Singh. He was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh during 2000-2002.
Both the ministers have stated that they are not in the race for chief ministers post.
Reports say that both union minister are not visiting Lucknow today.
Yogi Adityanath, BJP vice-president Dinesh Sharma and Kanpur MLA Satish Mahana are the other names that are reportedly been considered for the post.
BJP's national General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu have reached Lucknow oversee the election of the new legislature party leader.
The BJP won 312 of the state’s 403 seats in the recently concluded assembly election, winning support from communities such as Dalits and OBCs who have traditionally stayed away from the party