Mystery continues over new UP CM, Maurya meets PM Modi

The new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, whose name is yet to be announced, would be sworn in along with cabinet ministers in Lucknow on March 19.

According to sources, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has met Yogi Adityanath to ensure unity in the party.

"Don't worry. All the promises which were made during elections rally will be fulfilled", Sharma responded to a poser on waiving off farmers' loans.

In the backdrop of BJP MP Yogi Adityanath taking oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday alleged that the saffron party wanted to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls not on its development plank, but by "polarising voters".

The top contenders to lead the post are Union Minister Manoj Sinha, Union Finance Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP's UP unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.

In January past year, ahead of the state election, Mr Singh had declined an offer from the BJP president to be the face of the party in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier on Saturday, Sinha offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath and the Kaal Bhairav temples in Varanasi.

Meanwhile, meetings of senior BJP leaders are underway to put the final stamp on who would be the next UP CM. Legislature party and Parliamentary board decide. The party's central observers - Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav - will be present at the meeting to elect the chief minister. PM Modi will be crucial here. He has been betrayed and so have been the Brahmins, whose votes were taken by the BJP.

Kanshiram Smriti Upvan is being decked up for the swearing-in ceremony, which is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other top party leaders. The event will be held at the sprawling Smriti Upvan complex near the Ambedkar Memorial in Lucknow. I know that deputy chief ministers have no role to play.

It's been a week since election results in five states were announced and the BJP's delay in naming a chief minister for UP is in deep contrast with the swiftness with which it acted in Goa and Manipur, states where it is not even the largest party, but has managed to install its chief ministers.

"I have been a chief minister".

  • Leroy Wright