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Who will be the next Uttar Pradesh CM? Expect a complete surprise, says senior BJP leader

After getting a landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections, the BJP is now busy deciding on whom to appoint as the chief minister.

"People as well as the media should expect a complete surprise. The state of Uttar Pradesh is so big and the mandate so humongous that it cannot be left just like that," Mail Today quoted a senior BJP leader as saying.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The report also quoted sources saying that the top candidates for the chief minister's post — state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Minister of State Manoj Sinha and Home Minister Rajnath Singh — met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7RCR residence on Tuesday evening.

Amit Shah on Sunday had been authorised by the party's Parliamentary board to pick chief ministerial nominees for UP and Uttarakhand, and for Goa and Manipur, two states where it cobbled together a majority in a last-minute ditch effort.

Parliamentary board secretary and Union minister JP Nadda had told reporters that party's observers to these states will consult the MLAs there and report to Shah following which he will pick the chief ministerial candidates.

The meeting of the party's highest body which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other members, was held amid Shah's consultation with senior leaders of these states, especially Uttar Pradesh, to evolve a consensus over the new chief ministers.

A section of party leaders is also talking about eight-time MLA Suresh Khanna besides Home Minister Rajnath Singh, whose profile makes him a natural claimant for the job.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 15, 2017 09:11 AM

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