New CM Uttar Pradesh BJP Legislature Party met in Lucknow this evening to elect its leader. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav have reached Lucknow, to attend the meeting as central observers of the party. Speaking to media on his arrival at Lucknow airport, this morning, Mr Naidu said, the news reports about CM contenders and probables is media speculation. He said, the final decision will be taken in the legislative Party meeting.
“At Bhartiya Janta Party meeting at Lucknow the legislatures will discuss among themselves. We will ascertain the opinion of legislatures and finally decide who will be the leader of the legislature party. He can be chosen as the chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. I will be consulting party president also convaying the opinion of legislatures and then the final decision will be taken. All those names that are coming in the news papers, they are all speculations. No decision has been taken with reagard to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh so far”.
Our correspondent reports that the Party headquarter in Lucknow is the centre of activities.
Supporters of different leaders of the Party including former Chief Minister and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, UP BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya and Gorakhpur MP Yogi Aditya Nath are engaged in raising slogans in favour of their leaders showing their photographs and seeking post of Chief Minister to their leaders. Most of the newly elected MLAs have reached at Lucknow to attend the meeting. Security has been beefed in and around the Lok Bhawan in view of huge gathering and movements of senior BJP leaders. The new Chief Minister of the State along with his Cabinet colleagues would take oath tomorrow afternoon at Kanshiram memorial garden.
In the recently concluded assembly elections, BJP has won 312 seats, while its allies got 13 seats, taking the alliance’s tally to a whopping 325 in the 403 member assembly.