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Front runner for UP CM’s chair, Manoj Sinha claims not in race

SNS | New Delhi |

In a surprising development in the ongoing race for UP CM's post, one of the leading contenders Manoj Sinha on Friday denied reports of his name figuring for the coveted post. Sinha said that he has no idea of who else are in the race.

"Neither I am in the race for UP CM nor do I know of any such race," Manoj Sinha was quoted as saying by a news portal.

With UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya's name being ruled out of the race on health grounds, reports suggested that Sinha is most likely to become the next CM of the most populous states. Interestingly, Manoj Sinha is believed to be the common choice of both PM Narendra Modi's and BJP president Amit Shah.

Hailing from eastern Uttar Pradesh, Manoj Sinha is known for his clean image. The 57-year-old BJP leader of the Bhumihar caste has served as a Lok Sabha member from Ghazipur three times.

At present, Sinha is the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Communications and Minister of State for Railways.

While sources in the party are confident that Sinha’s name will be announced after the meeting of the newly elected party MLAs on Saturday, the party leadership, however, has not announced anything as yet on the matter.

Many other names are doing the rounds for the CM candidature for UP as well. Apart from Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Manoj Sinha, others in the fray are Shrikanth Sharma and Yogi Adityanath for the coveted post.

The BJP claimed a resounding triumph in Uttar Pradesh in the recently held assembly elections and won 325 seats out of 403 with its allies.

The oath ceremony for the newly appointed chief minister of UP will be held on March 19 at Smriti Upwan, Lucknow.