NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW: Suspense continued today over the appointment of the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, four days after the BJP’s resounding triumph in the most populous state, where the party won 325 seats out of 403 with its allies.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a former UP Chief Minister, is said to be among the frontrunners for the coveted job because of his stature and administrative experience. But he was dismissive about the possibility. “Kya faltu baat kar rahe hain (what nonsense),” he said when asked whether he was a contender.
He described the speculation about his return to state politics “unnecessary and futile”. Mr Singh has vast administrative experience, including as UP Chief Minister in 2000-02. As speculation swirled about the possibility of a BJP legislature party meeting tomorrow, the party’s state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “The picture will be clear in the next two to four days.”