Even as the poll victory march shifted to the Capital on Sunday, the Lucknow office of the BJP was abuzz with talk about who would be the next chief minister in the state.
"The three probables - Manoj Sinha (cabinet minister), Keshav Prasad Maurya (state party president) and Dinesh Sharma (Lucknow Mayor) have flown to New Delhi in the morning to attend the Parliamentary Board meeting. The national office bearers of the state unit along with the UP cadre ministers are also there", a BJP source said. Most MLAs from western UP and adjoining constituencies also reached Delhi in large numbers.
The early Holi celebrations continued on Sunday too as the party paraded its victorious MLAs from the state capital with a riot of colours. "We are still celebrating the historic win. Everyone is invited", Rakesh Tripathi, the spokesperson of the party said.
On the other hand, the official residence of Akhilesh Yadav bore a deserted look on Sunday. "After addressing the press on Saturday, the CM left for his house (4 Vikramaditya Marg) and has not returned since then," a security officer said. The CM left for Saifai along with his family for Holi on Sunday afternoon, a source informed.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Sunday revoked the suspension of Dayashankar Singh, who had allegedly made derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati, a day after his wife Swati Singh won the assembly polls. He had been expelled by the party for six years in July.
Dayashankar's wife Swati Singh, who is also the head of the BJP women's wing, had won the Assembly poll from Sarojini Nagar seat of Lucknow. BSP leaders had retaliated with derogatory comments against Singh, but this only helped the BJP as it decided to field her as a candidate after the controversy.
"I thank women of Lucknow for supporting me, I was fighting for the cause of our sisters so they can feel safe in UP," she said.