Rajnath Singh To Be UP CM For Second Time?
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has on Wednesday refused to comment on the rumours that he is going to Uttar Pradesh as its chief minister. When asked by media persons at Parliament House, the HM said he would not react to unnecessary and futile rumours.
But reliable sources say that Rajnath Singh is being seriously considered for the job of chief Minister. 325 newly elected members of the BJP and it’s allies would meet in Lucknow on Thursday to discuss about the top assignment. He was chief minister of UP earlier during 2002 elections. He is a Thakur and knows UP as back of his hand. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be one of the two central observers.
Kesav Prasad Maurya, who belongs to Most Backward Castes (MBC) category had managed the campaign as the president of UP unit of the BJP, also is under consideration of the party top leadership. He happens to be a leader who rose from the RSS ranks. He is also a chaiwala, like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who sold tea in his younger days. Maurya is a Member of Parliament.
Minister of State for Railways and telecom Manoj Sinha is also being considered for the tough job. An MTech from Benares University, Sinha is a Bhumihar Brahmin who is considered to be a good administrator. He is popular in rural UP.
Another contender is Dinesh Sharma, Lucknow Mayor, who is unassuming and simple. He worked as a professor in Lucknow university and is considered to be a public intellectual. He is from an RSS family and close to both Modi and Amit Shaw.
Sidhartha Nath Singh, national secretary of the BJP is also in the reckoning. He is a grandson of late prime minister Lal Bahadur Sastry. He is a Kayastha, an intermediate community which is neither general caste nor BC. He was in charge of party affairs in West Bengal. He is an MLA.
The leadership has to keep in mind the great contribution from the MBCs to the resounding victory. Unless the prime minister is keen on sending Rajnath Singh to Lucknow, Maurya should stand a fairly good chance.