The results of the state assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa are almost out.
Whlie the Bharatiya Janata Party put up a terrific show in Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh with a solid lead, the BJP also managed to give stiff competition to the Congress in Manipur and Goa. In Punjab, however, the BJP could not overcome the power of Congress and Captain Amarinder Singh.
ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2017: FULL COVERAGE
Now that the election results are almost out, and there is substantial data to see which party is leading, the main question in the minds of millions of people is who will be the chief minister of each of these states. Let us take a look.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, the BJP party unit chief of the state, represents Phulpur in the Lok Sabha. Maurya is touted to be one of the top runners for the post of UP chief minister. The 47-year-old leader is said to have worked hard to get BJP the landslide victory it did. Another reason that would work in favour of Maurya is his non-Yadav backgroud. He, however, lacks substantial administrative experience.
Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister of India, was the BJP’s last chief minister in Uttar Pradesh. Rajnath, who has served as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s President twice, has been detrimental in the party’s growth. Ahead of the Assembly Elections, Rajnath Singh campaigned across the state and addressed at least 120 rallies, both small and big. The question is whether the party will ask Singh to step down from the union minister post and take charge of Uttar Pradesh.
Manoj Sinha, Ghazipur MP, is another potential chief ministerial candidate. Currently serving as the Telecom and Minister of State for Railways, is popular among the party cadre in his constituency and in eastern UP.
Other potential chief ministerial candidates are Yogi Adityanath, Gorakhpur MP and Varun Gandhi, Sultanpur MP.
Congress party maintained throughout their campaign that Captain Amarinder Singh would be the chief ministerial candidate for the party. The leader who worked relentlessly to make a grand success possbile, Singh is the most probable candidate for the state’s top post.
Question, when it comes to Punjab, is who will become the deputy chief minister. Speculations are rife that the Congress candidate from Amritsar East — Navjot Singh Sidhu — may be chosen for the post, but the decision would be taken by Congress party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.
With clear indications that the Bharatiya Janata Party is set to claim a massive victory in the state of Uttarakhand, the chief ministerial candidate is still in question. The BJP, as usual, hadn’t named a chief ministerial candidate for Uttarakhand. The potential candidates are –
BC Khanduri, the former chief minister of Uttarakhand, is a front runner for the post. Known for a clean image, Khanduri, at 82, seems to not have the advantage of age and health on his side.
Vijay Bahuguna, long-time Congress leader who swtiched to the BJP just before the Assembly election, could be a potential chief ministerial candidate for Uttarakhand.
Other options in from of the BJP are Ramesh Pokhriyal, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Ajay Bhatt.
In Manipur the BJP has not secured a solid lead in the Assembly Elections. But here are a few possible chief ministerial candidates for the state.
Th Chouba Singh, one of the front runners in BJP’s chief ministerial race, has served as a union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Chouba Singh, 78, is a three time Member of Parliament and has served as the deputy chief minsiter of the state.
N Biren Singh, MLA who won from the Heingang constituency three consecutive terms, is now with the Congress. A former footballer, Singh has played with the BSF Jalandhar football team. He is also a former journalist.