BJP's Parliamentary Board authorises Amit Shah to decide chief ministers of UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur

Briefing media in New Delhi, party president Amit Shah yesterday said the chief ministers would be chosen on the basis of merit and capability. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Delhi, India Mar 12, 2017, 03.32 AM (IST)

The BJP's Parliamentary Board has authorised party president Amit Shah to take the final call about who will be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Uttarakhand.

The party's Parliamentary Board Secretary JP Nadda said Amit Shah has been authorised to take the final decision after the observers appointed by the party submitted their reports.

Venkaiah Naidu and Bhupendra Yadav will be observers for Uttar Pradesh while Narendra Tomar and Saroj Pandey will be the observers for Uttarakhand, the Parliamentary Board Secretary said. 

Piyush Goyal and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe are observers for Manipur, the Union Minister added.

Amit Shah had said yesterday that the chief ministers would be chosen on the basis of merit and capability.

The party has performed well in the assembly polls of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

The BJP had not announced a chief ministerial candidate for both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

In Uttar Pradesh, there are four leaders who are in the reckoning to be the next chief minister. 

State party chief Keshav Maurya, right-wing lawmaker Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Manoj Sinha are some of the those in fray. India's interior minister Rajnath Singh's name has been mentioned as well but people close to him say he is not keen on helming the state.

In Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj, Devendra Rawat and Prakash Pant are the frontrunners to become the chief minister.

While these leaders are touted to be the top contenders for the CM’s post in UP, the suspense can be put to an end only by an announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a penchant to spring surprises.

Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Modi delivered his victory speech to party workers emphasising that the massive mandate is to serve the people and laying the foundation for a new India. He also said that the government will not discriminate and work for all irresepective of whether they voted for the BJP or not.

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The Prime Minister said that he recognises the potential of the poor and he understands their power. He also invoked the memory of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, whose idea of Antyodaya (uplifting the weaker sections of society), the Prime Minsiter said, should be the guiding light for the new government.  

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He also said that the burden on the middle class should be reduced so that they can shine. 

Terming the victory as historic, Modi added that with every election, support for the BJP is increasing .

Earlier, the Prime Minister arrived at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday evening following a "victory walk" to celebrate the party's landslide win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand polls. 

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(WION with inputs from ANI)