Published On : Sat, Mar 18th, 2017

Not in race for UP CM post: Manoj Sinha

Lucknow: As several media reported that Manoj Sinha to be PM Narendra Modi’s Uttar Pradesh chief minister choice, the Union minister has denied the media reports.

Nor I have claimed for it neither I am in the race for the post, Sinha said when asked about his chances to become the UP CM.

Newly-elected BJP MLAs in Uttar Pradesh will be meeting in Lucknow today to elect the leader of the state legislature party.

Sinha who is three-time MP from Ghazipur is considered close to PM Modi. He was in Varanasi yesterday where he offered prayers at Sankatmochan temple.

Apart from Sinha, Home Minister and former state chief minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur Suresh Khanna are being projected as the main contenders for the post by their partymen.

Earlier, Naidu said that the new chief minister of the state will be elected by the legislators in a meeting later in the day and all reports in this regard are mere media speculation.