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Not eyeing chief minister's chair: Rajnath

india Updated: Jul 05, 2011 19:36 IST

Clearing the air on his new role in Uttar Pradesh ahead of next year's elections, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said he has no eye on the chief minister's chair and his goal is to bring the party back to power.

"I have not been made election in-charge in Uttar Pradesh, instead I have been given responsibility of bringing BJP back to power in the state," Rajnath Singh told reporters at his residence in Lucknow.

"I am not here to become the CM. There is no dearth of faces who can give an able leadership to BJP. Who will be the CM will be decided by the parliamentary board of the party," Singh said in a reply to a question.

In a statement on July 3, BJP President had asked Singh to pay special attention to party affairs in the state ahead of the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Accusing the Mayawati government of being deep into corruption, he said that after coming to the power the BJP would constitute a commission to probe cases of this regime.

He said besides price rise, corruption and law and order, his old issue of reservation within reservation would also be raised prominently in the Assembly polls.

"A separate quota should be fixed from the existing quota for most backward among backwards. Similar exercise should be carried out for most dalits among SC/ST," said Singh, who had proposed to frame a law for separate quota during his stint as chief minister of UP.

Terming Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit to villages in western UP as a political drama, the BJP leader alleged tacit understanding between SP, BSP and Congress.

"When Rahul Gandhi goes to Bhatta Parsaul, the epicentre of protest against land acquisition, section 144 is withdrawn and when I go I am arrested," Singh said.