Tahlka News Desk
Lucknow: Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha is "almost" certain to be the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, even as BJP state President Keshav Prasad Maurya was still in the race as news agencies quoted, informed sources today.
A senior BJP leader, who declined to be named as the party was still keeping suspense over the post alive, told that Sinha has emerged as the top choice to head the Uttar Pradesh government after strong backing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah.
"It is almost decided. The announcement is likely to be made after the (newly-elected) BJP MLAs meet in Lucknow" this evening, the BJP leader said.
At 4 pm today, the newly elected 312 BJP MLA's in Uttar Pradesh will meet in Lucknow to elect the leader of the state legislature party.
Apart from Manoj Sinha, Home Minister and former state Chief Minister Rajnath Singh, Maurya and eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur Suresh Khanna are also being projected as the main contenders for the post.