Goa Governor Mridula Sinha appointed Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister; asked him to prove majority within 15 days after taking oath, PTI reported. After assuming seats in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday declared that selected observers will submit their respective reports to the Parliamentary Board which will give its final decision on the chief ministerial candidates in these states. Union minister JP Nadda said, “Amit Shah has been authorised by Parliamentary Board to make the final decision (for CM) after observers submit their respective reports.” “Piyush Goyal and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe are observers for Manipur, Venkaiah Naidu and Bhupendra Yadav are observers for UP, Narendra Tomar and Saroj Pandey are observers for Uttarakhand,” said Nadda.
BJP chief Keshav Chandra Maurya and Union minister Manoj Sinha are seen as strong contenders for UP state’s top job post. PTI reported, a section of party leaders is also talking about eight-time MLA Suresh Khanna besides Home Minister Rajnath Singh, whose profile makes him a natural claimant for the job.
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BJP may form government in Manipur, said the party. “Even though Congress has got more seats in the state, BJP has been able to draw support from smaller parties,” Nadda said. He added that observers will meet the MLAs and a decision will be taken accordingly.
On Sunday evening, a grand celebration was organised in party’s Delhi office where BJP Chief Amit Shah said the victory in the Assembly polls was greater than the one in the 2014 general elections. He added, the party “will get a bigger mandate” in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
On the other hand, PM Narendra Modi thanked voters of all five states and said that he wants to assure people that the party will leave no stone unturned for the betterment. He also reminded people of what he said in 2014 by saying, “I had said that we are new, have less experience and can make mistakes, but won’t do anything with the wrong intention.” The Prime Minister said that there is a change in people’s thinking as now poor doesn’t want anything in return for votes but only opportunities. According to the PM, this is a foundation of ‘New India’.