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No interference of RSS in UP CM selection: Naidu

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said  the elected BJP  Legislatures of Uttar Pradesh chose the   Chief Minister  and  there was no interference from the RSS in the selection process.

Naidu who  had flown  to Lucknow as BJP’s observer   maintained that after discussions with the elected MLAs of the BJP he conveyed their views to Party President Amit Shah. 

In the backdrop of the  Opposition  criticism over  party’s choice of Chief Minister,  the senior BJP leader asked the Opposition to be “graceful in defeat,” accept the mandate of the people and give a “fair opportunity” to the new Chief Minister. Naidu said  in the BJP, the legislators under the Parliamentary Party Board  decide the leader and there was no question of interference from the RSS. The Minister said in the meeting  in the State Capital, legislators proposed the name of Yogi Adityanath with MLA Suresh Khanna seconding it. There was a unanimity on the choice, he added.

Bahujan Samaj Party  had alleged that an RSS man was made Chief Minister as BJP seeks to  contest 2019 poll  by “polarising the voters” and would sidestep the issue of development.

Naidu pointed out that the incumbent Chief Minister has already said that he would take along with him all sections of society and work for development of the State. Naidu recalled PM Narendra Modi’s statement that  the country would develop if UP develops. He attributed  criticism on the choice of the Chief Minister to the Opposition not being  able to digest the huge victory of  BJP and its allies winning 325 MLAs in the assembly.

 
 
 

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