BJP's CM candidate in UP: Rajnath Singh denies in race but says he is ready to take any responsibility

Lucknow : Chief minister candidate for Uttar Pradesh has become a hot topic for the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) before the crucial national executive meeting to be held at Allahabad from Sunday. With the name of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh emerging as the first choice, the UP party leadership was finger crossed over the issue and refused to deny or admit on the matter. However, giving an indication, Mr Singh denied to comment and being on the race for the coveted post but later accepted that he was ready to take any responsibility, the party gives to him." This issue is hypothetical and without any basis. I am not in any race," he commented. But on the other hand when the scribes repeatedly asked about the issue, the former UP CM said ," Though the matter has not been in consideration yet but if the leadership gives me any responsibility, I won't shy away from it." Mr Singh was inaugurating several passengers facilities at the Charbagh railway station here this morning. Yesterday, several media reporters emerging from the national capital had predicted that Mr Singh could be projected as the CM candidate by BJP in UP polls. Meanwhile, UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya refused to divulge anything on the issue of chief ministerial candidate for the state polls slated early next year. " The national executive meeting at Allahabad would certainly focus on UP polls besides Mathura violence incident would be the hot topic for the meeting. The issue of CM projection in the state is the matter for the national executive, in which the state unit has no role," Mr Maurya, MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, told UNI here today. Commenting on Mr Singh being reported as the front runner for the CM candidate, Mr Maurya said," Mr Singh is the senior party leader along with Union minister and member of the national parliament Committee. It is up to the national party leadership to decide." He, however, did not rule out that the national executive meet could discuss on the CM projection for UP polls like Assam. " Our main motto is a SP- BSP mukt UP and it will be done in the next elections as both these parties have looted the state exchequer. SP by grabbing government lands through its goons and mafias while BSP was known for its corruption during the previous regime," he added.

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