The BJP is to end the suspense over Uttar Pradesh’s next Chief Minister soon, and may settle for Yogi Adityanath, the 44-year-old Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur after the party’s ideological mentor, RSS, conveyed that it was not comfortable with the name of junior telecom minister Manoj Sinha who, PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, had reportedly backed.
Sources said Uttar Pradesh is also likely to have two deputy chief ministers: Dinesh Sharma, the Lucknow Mayor who has party president Amit Shah’s trust; and Keshav Prasad Maurya, the party president in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP’s face among the state’s most backward castes.
A formal announcement is expected after the BJP legislature party meeting that is underway at Lucknow’s seat of power, Lok Bhawan. It started at 5 pm. Before Mr Maurya went in, he told reporters that the names will be declared only after the meeting. “We will talk after the MLA meet,” he said.