"This is a watershed moment in the history of BJP", Venkaiah Naidu, Federal Information & Broadcasting Minister told reporters after BJP officials met in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow on Saturday. It was believed that the BJP would not have two Rajputs in adjoining states and it would be politically risky to get someone from the upper castes to be at the helm of affairs.
Since the BJP's mandate in Uttar Pradesh is beyond arithmetic, the party leadership is looking for a formidable chief ministerial candidate, who must be someone who can take all communities along with him. As Adityanath is also a Rajput, Sinha and Maurya seemed like frontrunners for the post. Modi has successfully aligned governance at Centre and state under his command to develop the state at a speed that was not seen so far, for job creation, for farmers welfare, for hope and aspiration.
Sinha now holds two positions-minister of state (Independent Charge) of communications and minister of state for railways.
Earlier, television footage showed BJP workers garlanding and feeding candies to the Hindu hardliner who was draped in his iconic saffron-coloured robe.
He has been a member of BJP national council from 1989 to 1996. He was elected for successive terms in 1996 and 1999 and again in 2014 to the Lok Sabha from Ghazipur.
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The party now feels that the verdict is so massive that it needs someone who can help the BJP live up to the expectations the voters have placed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership. In July 2016, during the second Cabinet reshuffle, he was also made MoS (Independent Charge) of the Communications. "What's more, Chotey Maharaj's spartan lifestyle matches that of the Prime Minister", said a senior BJP leader.
The BJP, which won three-fourths majority in the 403-member House, is returning to power after 14 years.
The name of Adityanath, who is an MP from Gorakhpur, had been doing rounds among other prominent BJP leaders such as Manoj Sinha, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Srikant Sharma and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
He once compared Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to a Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed, reports say.