Earlier, the reports suggested that the BJP top brass may pick Union Telecom Minister and Ghazipur MP Manoj Sinha for the coveted post owing to his large experience in the party operations. Sinha, however, had been staunchly denying any possibilities of his ascension as the Chief Minister. “Neither I am in the race (for UP CM) nor do I know of any such race,” Sinha told the media yesterday.
As several sections of the media quoted reports that said Sinha was almost finalised for the coveted chair, hundreds of Maurya’s and Yogi Adityanath’s supporters took to the streets and staged a demonstration demanding that their leader be made the Chief Minister. “The BJP secured so many seats in the state because of Adityanath. We don’t oppose anybody who’s in the running, but we want Yogi ji to be the Chief Minister,” they said.
Adityanath’s ascension will strengthen the BJP’s ‘Hindutva’ establishment in the state, but may provide enough fodder to the opposition to attack the saffron party on lines of ‘divisive politics’. The BJP central leadership was keen on picking the right person for the top post in Uttar Pradesh as it is crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his bid to win a second term at the Centre in 2019.
The BJP held its legislature meet to elect the new Chief Minister. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav were also be present at the meeting as party’s central observers.
The swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Minister will be held tomorrow in presence of Prime Minister Modi.
With inputs from ANI.