While the swearing-in of the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has been scheduled for Sunday, the mystery over the prospective CM candidate continues. Union Minister Manoj Sinha is touted to be the front runner.
The newly-elected BJP legislators are scheduled to elect their leader in the state capital on Saturday evening.
While Sinha's is a probable choice, another name doing the rounds for the CM post is Rajnath Singh, the incumbent Union Home Minister.
Sinha has been credited for amassing the votes for BJP from the Bhumihar community in the recent Assembly election. Sources said that Sinha, in all likelihood, fits Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah's plan for Uttar Pradesh.
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANOJ SINHA:
- Manoj Sinha is the MoS (Independent Charge) for Communication in the Narendra Modi government. He is also the MoS Railways under Suresh Prabhu.
- He is a Lok Sabha member from Ghazipur constituency. Recently, India Today magazine included him among the seven most honest members of Parliament.
- In 2014, Sinha was elected to the Lok Sabha for the third time. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996.
- Sinha is a civil engineer. He obtained his engineering degree from the Banaras Hindu University. During his student days at the BHU, Manoj Sinha was the president of the Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya Students Union in 1982-83.
- Sinha belongs to Bhumihar caste, which has sizeable influence in the bordering area adjoining Bihar.
- As a deputy to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Sinha is considered among the most efficient ministers of Modi government.
- In the recently held Uttar Pradesh election, Sinha was entrusted with the responsibility of managing all the seven Assembly segments under his parliamentary seat of Ghazipur, where don-turned politician and the BSP candidate Mukhtar Ansari has considerable influence.
- In his own words, Manoj Sinha left 'no stone unturned' during the election campaign. At the end he secured five of seven seats assigned to him by the party bosses.
- It is being hailed in the BJP as big achievement as the party had not won even one seat from Ghazipur district in 2012.