Amid speculation over BJP’s CM face in Uttar Pradesh, the party on Sunday said, such decisions depend on party’s parliamentary board.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “a decision regarding BJP’s face in UP polls will be taken in due course,” in a press conference after the two-day national executive meet was inagurated by party president Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also part of the presser.
“Decisions like these are taken at the party’s Parliamentary Board meetings and not at the national executive,” Prasad added.
Prasad was responding to queries about the possibility of declaring home minister Rajnath Singh, who hails from Chandauli in eastern UP and represents Lucknow in the Lok Sabha, as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections scheduled early next year.
Speculations were rife that the party may declare a CM face for UP polls, taking cue from its recent success in Assam where it projected Sarbananda Sonowal as the CM candidate and went on to form government in the state after achieving majority.
Names of Singh, HRD minister Smriti Irani and young MP Varun Gandhi had been doing the rounds.
Prasad expressed displeasure over suggestions that Rajnath Singh is being made “scapegoat” by the party, which faces an uphill task of reviving itself in the country’s most populous state.
The BJP was in power in UP for a major part of the 90s.
It achieved a full majority in the 1991 assembly polls and remained the single largest party for the next two elections.
“It is not proper to say that anybody is being made a scapegoat ... our target is to form a government in Uttar Pradesh.