BJP yet to decide on Maharashtra, Haryana chief ministers: Rajnath
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.