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Uttar Pradesh: Will BJP announce its CM candidate after National Executive Meeting?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party's two-day national executive meeting in Allahabad began today, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah, senior members of the Union Cabinet, Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states and members of Parliament are in attendance.

Party leaders, during the meeting, are expected to formulate the party's strategy particularly for next year's electorally important Uttar Pradesh election and also discuss a blue print for the next round of Assembly elections coming up in several states.

According to internal party sources, BJP will decide on a CM candidate for UP before the meeting concludes tomorrow. Supporters of Varun Gandhi and Yogi Adityanath had put up posters demanding the politicians' selection as the chief ministerial candidate near the meeting venue and in few streets of Allahabad. However, the party is in no mood to consider either of them as CM candidates.

Prime Minister Modi and Shah will inaugurate the session, post which, Shah will address the meeting. The BJP president will also convene the inaugural session of the national office bearers' meeting, reported The Indian Express.

Speaking to Catch on condition of anonymity, a BJP legislator said "The party is strategising for the polls, but the CM candidate will not be decided in this meeting. Names will be finalised before the meeting concludes and then one of the names will be finalised at the Parliamentary Board meeting."

The concluding session of the meeting will be addressed by PM Modi on Monday. He will also address a public rally at the Parade Ground.

First published: 12 June 2016, 4:24 IST