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Poster War Declares Varun Gandhi as BJP's CM Face in UP

By: Aatish Shrivastva

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Last Updated: June 11, 2016, 14:13 IST

File photo: Varun Gandhi with a group of BJP workers. (Photo: Reuters)

File photo: Varun Gandhi with a group of BJP workers. (Photo: Reuters)

Top BJP leadership is not in favour of Varun Gandhi to project him as a CM nominee for the state: Party Sources.

Allahabad: Poster war over probable chief ministerial nominee for 2017 Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh have gained momentum in the wake of BJP's national executive committee meeting scheduled to take place in Allahabad on June 12.

In some of the prominent intersections in Allahabad, posters were put up in which BJP workers advised the party to declare Varun Gandhi as party's chief minister candidate over Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani.

Party insiders claimed that Varun Gandhi and his followers are trying to give a signal that he is ready to be the face of the BJP.

However, top BJP leaders are reportedly not in favour of Varun to project him as a chief ministerial nominee for the state.

There are also speculations that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Yogi Adityanath could be named as BJP's chief ministerial candidate for state elections.

Meanwhile, BJP played down the buzz over Home Minister Rajnath Singh as its face for Uttar Pradesh assembly election, saying he has been a lead campaigner in most recent state elections and its ranks were full of capable leaders.

Party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told a press conference, "We have many capable leaders," parrying questions over the issue.

"Whenever a decision is taken, parliamentary board will convey it to you," he said.

The party's comments came on a day when Rajnath Singh also insisted that there is no dearth of capable people in the party as he chose to downplay talks about him.

Party President Amit Shah had recently said it was yet to decide whether a chief ministerial candidate should be projected or not.

Singh in the past has said he was not keen on returning to state politics. What is though almost certain he will play a prominent role during the campaign.

(With inputs from PTI)
first published:June 10, 2016, 21:36 IST
last updated:June 11, 2016, 14:13 IST