The mood within the BJP was upbeat, a day after the Rajya Sabha polls, but outside the murmurs revolved around the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.From posters, slogans and speculation, the question that gained momentum as the BJP conclave began here on Sunday evening was who will be the party’s face for Uttar Pradesh in 2017.Outside the hotel where ministers and senior leaders are staying, some supporters of party MP Varun Gandhi, who is a dominant figure in the much-talked about poster war, shouted slogans.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Party leaders refrained from commenting on the speculation on the chief ministerial candidate, trying to highlight the Modi government’s development agenda. Several names have been doing the rounds including that of home minister Rajnath Singh. On the notepads distributed to journalists, there was an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi embracing Singh, a former UP chief Minister and Thakur leader.According to BJP sources, the party was yet to take a decision on its face for UP or if at all it should project one.At the conclave, the state’s CM face is not on the agenda, though the BJP is chalking out its roadmap for next year, when elections are due in five states, including UP. Party president Amit Shah is expected to hold a meeting with the party’s UP MPs here after the national executive ends on Monday evening, to discuss the party’s Mission 265 in the 403-strong state assembly.The recent elections has given the party the much needed morale boost. The BJP had more than one reason to be upbeat– the national executive began a day after the Rajya Sabha polls, in which it swept 12 of the 27 seats, this was the first meeting after the party’s victory in Assam and it came in the midst of the celebrations of two years of Modi government.The increase in the party’s tally in Rajya Sabha has narrowed the numerical gap between the ruling NDA and the Opposition, which had become a hurdle for the government in passage of crucial bills like GST.
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