Rajnath Singh to visit Mumbai on Tuesday to elect BJP's leader in Maharashtra

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Mumbai on Tuesday to chair a meeting of BJP legislature party to elect its leader, who will lead the party's government in Maharashtra.

PTI| Updated: Oct 26, 2014, 22:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Mumbai on Tuesday to chair a meeting of BJP legislature party to elect its leader, who will lead the party's government in Maharashtra.

"The Home Minister will visit Mumbai on October 28," sources close to him said here today.

Singh will visit Mumbai as BJP observer, along with party general secretary and new in-charge of party affairs in the state J P Nadda, to elect the leader of the BJP legislature party.

Singh and Nadda were supposed to visit Mumbai on October 20, a day after the results of the Assembly elections were out, as part of the decision of the BJP Parliamentary Party but they decided to defer the tour.

Singh had said that he would visit Maharashtra after Diwali.

So far, BJP has not taken any decision on the chief minister of Maharashtra, though the party's state unit chief Devendra Fadnavis is leading the race.

Singh, who is said to be close to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, is expected to meet the estranged ally leader, amid speculation of back-channel talks continuing with the Sena.

BJP, which got 123 seats in the recently concluded Maharashtra assembly elections, needs the support of at least 22 MLAs to reach the halfway mark in the 288-member House.

Shiv Sena has won 63 seats. The BJP and Shiv Sena alliance broke down ahead of the Assembly polls on the issue of seat-sharing.