- Trivendra Singh Rawat has been elected as BJP’s Legislative Party leader in Uttarakhand. He will be sworn in tomorrow.
- Three-time MP, Manoj Sinha, is now the top contender for the UP CM’s seat
- BJP President Amit Shah virtually rules out Keshav Prasad Maurya from the race for UP CM on Thursday
- After Maurya’s virtual elimination, Rajnath Singh also rules out his return to state politics
Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul has appointed BJP Legislative Party leader Trivendra Singh Rawat as CM. He has invited him to form the government on Saturday.
The swearing in of a new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will most likely take place on Sunday, party sources said on Friday.
The oath taking ceremony of the new Chief Minister and the cabinet was likely to be a grand affair with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah attending the event.
An estimated one lakh people are also expected to attend the ceremony at the Kashiram Smriti Upvan in the evening.
Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states are also likely to attend.
While no official announcement has been made so far about the next Chief Minister, the sources say the name of union minister Manoj Sinha has "more or less been finalized" by Amit Shah.
A formal announcement will be made on Saturday.
Uttarakhand’s CM designate Trivendra Singh Rawat met Governor KK Paul on Friday. In his meeting he claimed support of 57 MLAs to form government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will attend Trivendra Singh Rawat’s oath taking ceremony in Dehradun on Saturday.
Former state BJP chief Trivendra Singh Rawat has been elected as the leader of the party’s legislature in Uttarakhand and will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state on Saturday.
Rawat, an organisational man of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttarakhand and party in-charge in Jharkhand, won his traditional Doiwala seat by defeating Congress' Hira Singh Bisht by over 24,000 votes.
Rawat, a Swayamsewak of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), is considered close to BJP President Amit Shah.
Rawat was in close touch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the latter was a General Secretary of the BJP and in charge of Uttarakhand.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has said that oath taking of the state’s next Chief Minister will take place on Sunday at 2:15 PM.
Legislative Party meeting of the Uttarakhand BJP begins at Hotel Pacific in Dehradun. All 57 party MLAs along with senior leaders D Pradhan, JP Nadda and Shyam Jaju are attending the meeting.
Reacting to talks of him being in the race of becoming the next Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Union Minister Manoj Sinha on Friday said that he is “neither in the race” nor does he “know of any race like this.”
With UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya being ruled out, the names in the fray to become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh are Home Minister Rajanth Singh and Manoj Sinha.
Sources told CNN News18 that Sinha could actually be a front runner because he does not have enemies.
He also enjoys the confidence of both Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, the report added quoting sources.
The oath ceremony of the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will be held on 19 March at Smriti Upwan, Lucknow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will be present at the ceremony.
The newly elected lawmakers of the BJP are likely to meet at 3 pm on Friday to elect the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
BJP chief Amit Shah has named two central observers – Saroj Pandey and Narendra Tomar – to oversee the election of the new legislature party leader.
Hectic preparations are underway in Dehradun for the swearing-in of the new government on 18 March, officials said.
While the names of the new chief minister and ministers are yet to be declared, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Ajay Bhatt has informed that the oath-taking for the new ministers has been scheduled for 3 pm on 18 March.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, along with select ministers from the Union government and central office bearers, are likely to be present at the oath-taking ceremony.