New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh on Monday appeared defensive on appointment of Narendra Modi's close confidant Amit Shah as in-charge of Uttar Pradesh. He said that giving him the responsibility was "not a crime" and it was not done under any pressure.

Amit Shah appointed as BJP’s UP in-charge

"He (Shah) is a general secretary of the party and has been a minister in a highly successful state. I think making him in-charge is not a crime," Singh told reporters.

Shah was the minister of state for home in Gujarat.

Singh denied that there was pressure from Gujarat Chief Minister Modi to appoint Shah as in-charge of UP. "Modi has not recommended anybody," Singh said.

Shah's appointment as in-charge of UP, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, has increased the buzz over Modi's rise in the BJP and his possible projection as prime ministerial candidate.

(JPN/Agencies)

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