Not eyeing Chief Minister`s chair: Rajnath

Clearing the air on his new role in Uttar Pradesh ahead of next year`s elections, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said he has no eye on the chief minister`s chair and his goal is to bring the party back to power.

Lucknow: Clearing the air on his new role in
Uttar Pradesh ahead of next year`s elections, senior BJP
leader Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said he has no eye on the chief
minister`s chair and his goal is to bring the party back to
power.

"I have not been made election in-charge in Uttar
Pradesh, instead I have been given responsibility of bringing
BJP back to power in the state," Rajnath Singh told reporters
at his residence here.

"I am not here to become the CM. There is no dearth of
faces who can give an able leadership to BJP. Who will be the
CM will be decided by the parliamentary board of the party,"
Singh said in a reply to a question.

In a statement on July 3, BJP President had asked Singh
to pay special attention to party affairs in the state ahead
of the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Accusing the Mayawati government of being deep into
corruption, he said that after coming to the power the BJP
would constitute a commission to probe cases of this regime.

He said besides price rise, corruption and law
and order, his old issue of reservation within reservation
would also be raised prominently in the Assembly polls.

"A separate quota should be fixed from the existing
quota for most backward among backwards. Similar exercise
should be carried out for most dalits among SC/ST," said
Singh, who had proposed to frame a law for separate quota
during his stint as chief minister of UP.
Terming Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi`s
visit to villages in western UP as a political drama, the BJP
leader alleged tacit understanding between SP, BSP and
Congress.

"When Rahul Gandhi goes to Bhatta Parsaul, the epicentre
of protest against land acquisition, section 144 is withdrawn
and when I go I am arrested," Singh said.

PTI

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