Newly-elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 312 in total, are scheduled to meet Saturday evening in Lucknow to elect the leader of the state legislature party. The meeting, overseen by union minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav, will take place at 4 pm at the Lok Bhawan. Speculation continues on who the party leadership will select to lead India’s largest state where the BJP has made a comeback to power after 15 years.
While the BJP has named its CM candidate in neighbouring Uttarakhand, it has so far not announced its choice in UP. Some of the names doing the rounds are union ministers Rajnath Singh, Manoj Sinha, BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya and Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath.