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Rajnath Singh for UP CM? BJP unsure, final decision on March 18

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will finalise the name of the chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh, where it recorded a landslide victory in the Assembly polls, on Saturday.

Though speculation is rife that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would get the post, top leaders of the BJP seem unsure about the prospect of sending Rajnath to UP, according to a report in NDTV.

With eyes on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are reportedly strategically working towards finalising the nominee for the post of Uttar Pradesh.

As of now, top contenders for the CM post in the politically crucial state are Central Minister for Telecom Manoj Sinha and UP BJP chief Keshav Maurya.

However, Maurya could be the party’s pick for the post as he comes from a Most Backward Class category, unlike Manoj who belongs to general category. This is because the BJP is purportedly trying to appease Dalit and backward class voters.

Moreover, Maurya is close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and has been a member. However, the number of cases registered against him is proving to be a major concern for the party. The BJP fears that the political rivals could target the party if Maurya is made the CM.

Of the five states that went to polls this year, BJP has already formed governments in Goa and Manipur, where its rival Congress had won majority of seats. However, the party has not been able to decide the CM candidate for UP, where they won 312 seats in the 403-member Assembly. The results of the Assembly polls were declared on March 11.
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