BJP set to name Harshavardhan candidate for Delhi CMs post
New Delhi: BJP appears set to
announce the name of Harshavardhan as its Chief Ministerial candidate for
Delhi by the end of this month despite internal squabbles and a virtual
threat from state unit head Vijay Goel to quit if a decision to the effect
The party brass indicated it had decided on Harshavardhan as its Chief
Ministerial candidate. The matter came up for discussion on the sidelines
of the Central Election Committee meeting yesterday and the decision was
"BJP is likely to call a Parliamentary Board meeting, tentatively on Oct.
31 to finalise Harshavardhan's name," a senior party leader said.
Since the Central Election Committee, comprising BJP's Parliamentary Board
members and a few other leaders, is likely to meet on Oct. 31 to discuss
the candidates for the Madhya Pradesh polls, the decision on the Delhi CM
candidate may be taken before that.
The final decision on Harshavardhan was, however, not taken yesterday as
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, is yet to return
from a visit to the US.
LK Advani, Narendra Modi, Jaitley and the RSS favour Harshavardhan.
The turning point came when Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma
Swaraj, too, agreed to Harshavardhan's name.
Party sources said the decision on Harshavardhan had been conveyed to
Goel, his bete noire.
Goel has been asked to accept the decision without creating any fuss, they
added. He had reportedly threatened to resign from the post of Delhi unit
president when told about the likelihood of Harshavardhan being made the
Chief Ministerial candidate.
"Goel has been told in clear terms that if he carried out his threat to
resign, his resignation letter will be accepted," a senior party leader
Goel, meanwhile, told reporters today that he was not in the race for
being named the Chief Ministerial candidate.
Asked about Goel's comments, the party's Delhi election in-charge, Nitin
Gadkari, said, "The BJP Parliamentary Board and the party president will
take a decision on the issue. There is no race in the party for being the
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