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  India   Politics  19 Mar 2017  After Yogi's elevation as UP CM, RSS says it has no say in selection

After Yogi's elevation as UP CM, RSS says it has no say in selection

PTI
Published : Mar 19, 2017, 1:43 pm IST
Updated : Mar 19, 2017, 1:43 pm IST

BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat, also a RSS pracharak, was elected earlier as the chief minister of Uttarakhand.

UP CM designate Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: PTI/File)
 UP CM designate Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: PTI/File)

Coimbatore: Amid speculation that the Sangh pushed for Yogi Adityanath's candidature as UP CM, the RSS today said it was a political decision and it had no say in the selection of chief ministers in BJP-ruled states.

Replying to a specific question on choosing Adityanath, a swayamsevak, as Chief Minister, RSS Joint General Secretary V Bhagaiah told reporters it was a political decision.

 

When pointed out that BJP has elected Trivendra Singh Rawat, a RSS pracharak, as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also an RSS man.

Bhagaiah said RSS was not pressurising in the selection of Chief Ministers.

Priest-turned politician Yogi Adityanath, the controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva, was named as next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, in a move by the BJP that took many by surprise.

State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself in contention for the top job besides union minister Manoj Sinha, had announced Adityanath's election amid speculation that the RSS pushed for Yogi's candidature.

 

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