Uttar Pradesh BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday said the State legislature party will decide on chief minister on Saturday.
“Legislature party will decide who will be the chief minister. The oath-taking ceremony will be on March 19 and all national leaders of the party will attend the ceremony,” he told reporters outside Parliament.
Mr. Maurya, who was admitted to hospital on Thursday after he complained of uneasiness, said he was “fully well” now.
“There were slight problems and I was taken to hospital on Thursday. I was discharged from hospital the same day itself. I am now fully well,” he said.
“After the legislature party meeting at 4 p.m. You will get to know tomorrow as to who will head the government,” he said.
When asked about BJP president Amit Shah’s remark on Thursday that he had given Mr. Maurya the responsibility to select the chief minister, he said, “It was said in a lighter vein. Whatever is my responsibility as party’s State president, I will fulfill that.”
There were conjectures within the party after Mr. Shah’s remark as to whether Mr. Maurya, who is the BJP’s OBC face in the State, is out of the reckoning.
Though the BJP has formed governments in Manipur and Goa, it is yet to declare its chief minister in Uttar Pradesh, where it has got two-third majority.