Lucknow: The suspense about who will be selected as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is still in the air on Saturday, when an announcement is scheduled to be made in Lucknow.

However, countdown for the closure of all mechanised abattoirs in the state has begun. The name of the CM candidate is to be announced at a meeting of the BJP legislature party in Lucknow and the nominee of Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will be sworn in as Chief Minister on Sunday. This will clear the way for promulgation of an ordinance to shut down mechanised abattoirs by night.

A ban on mechanised abattoirs was the highlight of the BJP manifesto and Amit Shah consistently referred to it in his speeches, promising that BJP will promulgate an ordinance by midnight of the day it assumed office. The BJP parliamentary board had on Sunday empowered Shah to select the chief minister of UP, an authorisation he is set to use in concert with Modi.

BJP political circles felt that the choice for the coveted job might have come down to telecom minister Manoj Sinha or state party chief Keshav Maurya. Sources said a final decision is yet to be taken and the possibility of an "out-of box" choice could not be ruled out.

The selection of Trivendra Singh Rawat as Chief Minister of neighbouring Uttarakhand doused the talk of Union home minister Rajnath Singh going to Lucknow.

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