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Kalyan Singh positive about being CM

The senior leader does not see any hurdle in becoming chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, reports Shekhar Iyer.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2007 21:05 IST

With many BJP leaders hopeful of the party doing well in UP polls, senior leader Kalyan Singh does not see any hurdle from within the party to his becoming chief minister if his party bagged enough number of seats.

"Our national president Rajnath Singh has made it clear that the election will be fought under my leadership. If the party gets the mandate, then we will form the government and in a way he has projected me for the post of the chief minister," Singh told RSS weekly Organiser in an interview.

Rajnath Singh named Kalyan Singh as the BJP’s choice for chief minister’s post early last year when he took over as president of the party from LK Advani.

Until September 2006, Kalyan Singh kept insisting on collective leaders as he appeared not too sure whether the BJP trusted his leadership.

Kalyan Singh said in the interview to the RSS weekly that "we all want that first the party should secure the mandate and form the government. On the issue of chief ministership, there is no dissension within the party."

As for the BJP’s prospects, Kalyan Singh said the BJP had come to the centrestage of UP politics on Monday though many believed it was not a factor anymore. "I am confident that, by the time of election, the mass base of the party will be strengthened."

Kalyan Singh said the BJP is working hard for victory in UP. "We are organizing booth management. For each booth, 20 youths will be deputed. In every assembly constituency, there are shakti kendras for every nyaya panchayat."

Kalyan Singh ruled out any alliance with Ajit Singh’s RLD or Mayawait’s BSP but said the BJP would have seat sharing with NDA allies. "There will be no alliance either before the election or after."