Updated: June 21, 2021 9:26:06 pm
Senior BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya has said that the next chief minister of the state will be decided after the Assembly elections due next year.
“The chief minister will be finalised by the central leadership after the Assembly elections,” Maurya told newspersons in reply to a question at the BJP headquarters in Lucknow on Sunday.
Conflicting signals have emerged from the BJP over who would lead the party in the upcoming Assembly elections and who will be the chief ministerial candidate.
Last week, BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh had said that the next Assembly polls will be contested under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Corruption and hooliganism have ended and development is taking place. We will fight the 2022 elections under the hardworking and honest Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” Dev had said.
However, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya had earlier said that that party’s national leadership will decide under whom the upcoming elections will be fought.
When asked about the conflicting remarks and whether there was any confusion in the party over who would lead the party in the coming polls, BJP spokesman Harishchandra Srivastava said, “Swatantra Dev is the state unit president and what he has said is important. What Keshav Prasad Maurya and Swami Prasad Maurya have said is on the basis of the party’s norms and traditions.”
“Formally, the announcement of chief minister’s name is decided by the Parliamentary Board, and so Keshav Maurya and Swami Maurya would have said this,” Srivastava added.
On Saturday, BJP had named bureaucrat-turned-politician A K Sharma as the vice-president of its Uttar Pradesh unit, as part of an organisational reshuffle. The party also named new heads for different morchas in the state, ensuring that different regions and castes got representation.
(Inputs from PTI)
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