Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has emerged as the top choice as a candidate from Hazaribagh Assembly seat in a referendum conducted by the party.

Reportedly the aim behind the recent referendum was to gauge party workers’ mood and find out suitable candidates for key constituencies.

The referendum, which was hosted by the saffron outfit across the state, was held for six Assembly seats — Barkagaon, Ramgarh, Barkatha, Hazaribagh Sadar, Barhi and Mandu — falling under Hazaribagh and Ramgarh parliamentary constituencies.

In Hazaribagh Sadar, maximum votes went to Yashwant Sinha. He had earlier refused to contest the Lok Sabha elections and passed on the baton to his Harvard-educated son. This led to speculation about his chief ministerial aspirations.

According to a section of leaders, Sinha’s supporters went about convincing party leaders and workers to vote for the former Union Minister with the ultimate aim to strengthen his position in becoming the Chief Minister of the State.

However, Sinha, who was present at the referendum, refused to speak to media persons.

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