BJP Parliamentary party meet begins in Parliament; PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to be felicitated

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BJP Parliamentary meet has begun this morning in Parliament, according to a report. This is the first parliamentary meeting following BJP’s resounding victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It has been learned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will be felicitated in the meeting by the members. This meeting comes even as Goa Chief Minister and BJP-led government faces floor test in the Assembly. Meanwhile, in Manipur, BJP managed to form the government after N Biren Singh was yesterday sworn in as the first BJP chief Minister in the state.

While the parliamentary party is meeting the suspense continued over who will be the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, four days after the BJP’s resounding triumph in the key Hindi heartland state, where the party won 325 seats with its allies.

While the BJP scrambled to form its governments in Goa and Manipur, where it was not even the single largest party, hurriedly cobbling together post-poll alliances, amid the charge of “stealing” the mandate, the party leadership is taking its own sweet time to decide the Chief Minister of the country’s most populous and politically significant state.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the tallest party leader from Uttar Pradesh and a former Chief Minister to boot, is said to be among the frontrunners for the coveted job, but he was dismissive about the possibility.

Singh has vast administrative experience, including as UP Chief Minister in 2000-02.

As speculation swirled about the possibility of a BJP legislature party meeting tomorrow, the party’s state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “The picture will be clear in the next two to four days.”

Meanwhile, the Congress had said it will do everything under constitutional legalities and rule of law to ensure sentiments and mandate of people defeat the ‘sinister design’ of the BJP.

It questioned the role of governors in Goa and Manipur and whether the Supreme Court erred in appreciating the unequivocal constitutional position that the single largest party is invited first to form a government.

(With agency inputs)

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