With the successful completion of all the seven phases of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, all eyes are on the next Chief Minister of the state. The speculations are rife in the political corridor that in case the Samajwadi Party either gets majority or forms the government on the support of other parties, will party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav or Akhilesh Yadav be sworn in as CM post?

Undoubtedly, the party has accepted Akhilesh as the heir of Mulayam. The UP SP chief has established his own identity in the party, who is not in a position to comment on the issue of the chief ministerial candidate right now. On several occasions, party leaders have given different statements over the issue. Top sources in the SP told Dainik Jagran, “Akhilesh himself wants his father as the CM of the state for one more term.”
Akhilesh in his poll rallies has been reiterating that Netaji will be the next CM of UP. At the same time SP’s national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said, “I will be happy to see Akhilesh as the CM of the state.”

On being asked about will Akhilesh be the next CM if the SP is voted to power, Mulayam said, “The picture will become clearer in next two-three days as the newly elected MLAs will elect their leader.”

BJP in catch-22 situation

The Bharatiya Janata Party too is in dilemma over the issue of chief ministerial candidate. Kicking off its poll campaign in the state, the BJP had said the party will fight assembly elections under the collective leadership of former party president Rajnath Singh, party vice-president Kalraj Mishra, former Madhya Pradesh CM Uma Bharti and party’s state unit chief Surya Pratap Shahi. And the decision on the chief ministerial candidate will be taken after the poll results.

Later, party president Nitin Gadkari announced that Rajnath Singh is out of race for the CM post. Following which, Rajnath said that a leader cannot be the CM mere staking claim for the post. The BJP legislative party will elect the CM candidate, added the former BJP chief. The way Uma Bharti was projected as the top leader in the state and Gadkari declared her as CM candidate irked the UP’s senior BJP leaders belonging to the backward classes.

Fight in Congress

About half a dozen UP Congress leaders are aspiring to be the CM in case of the Congress-RLD combine is voted to power. Beni Prasad Verma and Sriprakash Jaiswal are the top contenders for the CM post under the backward classes, while Barabanki MP and party’ prominent Dalit face PL Punia is also eyeing the coveted post. Salman Khurshid’s claim cannot be ignored under the Muslim card. UPPCC chief Rita Joshi supporters said the Congress trend of providing chief ministerial post to the state unit presidents goes in her favour on pattern of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

RLD too aspiring for CM post

After having contested only from 47 seats, the RLD is busy with setting political equations to grab coveted post. That is why despite being Mathura MP, Jayant Chaudhary, the son of RLD chief Ajit Singh chose to contest from Mant assembly seat.

BSP may promote Satish Mishra, Nasimuddin

No BSP leader except Mayawati can be the CM if the party retains the majority. But everything is possible in the politics. It is said that Mayawati can take any step to stop the SP from assuming power in the state. The BSP may form the post-poll alliance with other parties on cost of Mayawati. In that situation, either Satish Mishra or Nasimuddin Siddiqui may be the possible contender for CM post.

JNN