Lucknow, March 18: On Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party's office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, witnessed hectic lobbying and discussions to arrive at a consensus on the name of the next chief minister of the state. Initially, it was indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah would decide on the name of the BJP's CM candidate. Later, Shah said UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya would finalise the CM's name. However, till late afternoon on Saturday, the BJP failed to declare its CM's name in UP.
Now, reports say the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh would play a crucial role in deciding the name of the UP CM. Several members of the RSS had talks with the BJP leaders such as Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday, said media reports.
Since the time the results of the UP assembly elections were announced last week, names of several politicians including home minister Rajnath Singh and Union minister Manoj Sinha as probable CM faces are doing the rounds.
The supporters of controversial politician Yogi Adityanath and Maurya protested and shouted slogans demanding the CM's berth for their leaders in Lucknow on Saturday. "Yogi Adityanath's supporters demonstrate in Lucknow demanding that Adityanath be made the chief minister of UP," reported ANI. "UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya's supporters stage demonstration demanding that Maurya be made the CM of UP," reported ANI.
The BJP has won the UP assembly polls with a huge mandate. In the house of 403-member UP Assembly, the BJP got 325 seats in alliance with two smaller parties in the polls. However, the saffron party is yet to declare its CM's face. The BJP has said that the party will declare its CM's name by Saturday evening. The swearing-in ceremony of the new CM and his cabinet is scheduled on Sunday. Till now, there is no clarity as who would be the next CM of UP. Maybe, the RSS would finally reveal the 'mystery' by announcing the name of the UP CM.