Putting the Delhi BJP officially in election mode,members to two key committees that will lead the party in the forthcoming assembly polls were announced on Sunday by former BJP chief and Delhi in-charge Nitin Gadkari.
The composition of these committees clearly shows that Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel has been able to have his way in their constitution. Sources claimed Gadkari had to include several names earlier not in his list proposed by Goel. According to the sources,Goel vetted the list with BJP chief Rajnath Singh and,after lengthy deliberations,the names of at least four were dropped,including Harsharan Singh Balli and Mohan Singh Bisht.
The 17-member election committee is headed by Goel and has important leaders like Vijay Kumar Malhotra,O P Kohli,Mangeram Garg,Dr Harsh Vardhan,Vijender Gupta,Prof Jagdish Mukhi and Pravesh Verma among others.
In the election committee,Aarti Mehra and six others have been accommodated as special invitees,who do not have voting powers.
Vijay Jolly has been dropped from the election committee.
In the core committee,Gadkari has tried to get everyone onboard,addressing their complaints of being sidelined by the Delhi BJP chief. In this committee,several dissidents,mayors and former mayors,councillors,Leader of the House and standing committee chairpersons have been accommodated.
Speaking to Newsline,Goel said we have formed these committees after thorough discussions and adequate representation had been given to the aspirations of people from Poorvanchal and Muslims communities. I thank the leadership for the trust and faith they have reposed in me, he said.
But many senior leaders downplayed Goels position in the team,saying that it was traditional to make the state unit chief the president of the election committee.
In a statement,Gadkari called on the party cadre to work under the leadership of Goel and steer the party to victory in the coming elections.
With the election committee and core group,the Delhi BJP has now been put in the election mode. The representative character of these important committees reflects the cohesiveness in the Delhi BJP as well as the demographic changes in the national capital, Gadkari said.
He called upon the party rank and file to work collectively and launch an aggressive campaign against the ineffective Congress regime and expose its failure on all fronts: rampant corruption,fast deteriorating law and order,mounting inflation and sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities.
On August 22,Newsline had reported that Gadkari was set to announce the formation of a core team to pacify rebel leaders within the BJP.
Earlier this month,Gadkari had held several meetings with party leaders fighting for a bigger say in the functioning of the state unit and assured rebel leaders that the BJP would fight the elections under a collective leadership.