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BJP yet to decide on Maharashtra, Haryana chief ministers: Rajnath
20-10-2014

NEW DELHI: BJP has not yet taken any decision on chief ministers of Maharashtra and Haryana, senior BJP leader and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

“So far we have not taken any decision on chief ministers of Maharashtra or Haryana,” he said after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board here. Singh said this to reporters’ queries on the sidelines of Indian Women Press Corps foundation day function, where he reached immediately after the Parliamentary Board meeting.

He said BJP will look for alliance in Maharashtra where it got 122 seats in the 288-member Assembly, well short of absolute majority. “Want to thank people in Maharashtra and Haryana for reinforcing faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Our strength has gone up,” he said.

The Parliamentary Board decided to send two observers each to Maharashtra and Haryana to decide on who will be the Chief Ministers.

Briefing reporters after the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting, party general secretary JP Nadda said he and Singh would be visiting Maharashtra to select the leadership and form a government.

Asked what was the party’s reaction to offer of support from Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nadda said they are aware of their support but no call has been taken yet. “The parliamentary board knew about their offer of support but as far as government formation is considered, we will first select our leadership,” he said.

He further said Naidu and another party leader Dinesh Sharma would go to Haryana to take forward the process of government formation. “We will first select who would head the government and then preparation will be made for the swearing-in ceremony,” he said.