RSS never interferes in selection of Yogi Adityanath as UP Chief Minister, says Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu said that it was the legislators who decided on the leader and that is the system in the party.

RSS never interferes in selection of Yogi Adityanath as UP Chief Minister, says Venkaiah Naidu

M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) did not interfere in the selection of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

Naidu, who was BJP's central observer for election of the state legislature party leader, said that it was the legislators who decided on the leader and that is the system in the party.

The BJP leader, according to a report in Press Trust of India, asked the Opposition to be "graceful in defeat", accept the mandate of the people and give a "fair opportunity" to the new chief minister.

"It is the legislators under the Parliamentary party board that decide the leader. That is the system in the BJP. RSS never interferes or suggests any names (for the chief minister's post)," Naidu said.

Naidu also maintained that after discussions with the elected MLAs, he had conveyed their views to BJP national president Amit Shah.

"Then, I had a meeting of the legislators. In that meeting, Adityanath's name was proposed by Suresh Khanna and nine others seconded it. All the legislators stood up and unanimously agreed to the name. So this is the decision of the MLAs of Uttar Pradesh which was approved by the central party," Naidu added.

Naidu's statement came in the backdrop of allegations leveled by opposition parties, such as BSP, that BJP's wants to contest the 2019 General Elections not on the issue of development, but by "polarising the voters".