RSS Wants Say In Picking Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Say Sources

Hours before a meeting of the BJP’s 312 newly-elected legislators In Uttar Pradesh, the party’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS is in talks with party chief Amit Shah to discuss who should be the state’s next Chief minister, sources said today. The RSS wants a say in the crucial decision and has sought some clarifications, sources said, without detailing what they were.

The development came after Union Minister Manoj Sinha for almost six days remained the BJP’s top choice, sources said. Mr Sinha, who ruled himself out of the race yesterday, maintained he had not staked claim but was seen praying at prominent temples in Varanasi last night and this morning. “The BJP legislature party and the parliamentary board decides the Chief Minister. I’m not in the race,” he told NDTV.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also said a decision would only be announced after a meeting of the party’s UP legislators at 4 pm. “All names in media reports are speculation,” he said. Mr Naidu is one of the observers from the party’s central unit, along with national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who will attend the meeting.

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Source By http://www.ndtv.com

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