With the possibility of fresh assembly polls looming large, the Delhi BJP has again been wracked by factionalism.
In an attempt to make his presence felt in city politics, former Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, now an MP from Rajasthan, addressed a press conference at the pradesh office in the capital on Monday.
But in an apparent snub to Goel, newly appointed Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay stayed away from the press conference and distanced himself from the controversy generated by Goel’s remarks on migrants in the city.
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Present at the press conference were MPs Pravesh Sahib Singh, Maheish Girri and Udit Raj, whose constituencies have a large population of migrants.
Goel addressed the press conference while Upadhyay was busy meeting the party cadre in the party office.
In what could create a rift in the party’s city unit, Goel said he always belonged to Delhi and has always been a part of the BJP’s city unit.
Asked whether he was also a contender for the post of CM, Goel said, “I have always been in Delhi, I was never out. I very much belong to Delhi.”
Senior party leaders said Goel’s remarks was giving jitters to those who had ruled him out of the CM race after his nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
Goel, when asked about the possibility of government formation in Delhi, said the party was in a position to form the government within the framework of the Constitution.
Responding to Goel’s claim, Upadhyay said, “I have not shared his views on government formation but there have been minority governments in history that have run successfully. Though a minority government is not what I am hinting at, in politics nothing can be ruled out,” Upadhyay said.
Meanwhile, the BJP rubbished AAP’s rally as an insignificant event. “They have been exposed. Arvind Kejriwal critisised other parties for bringing buses, now they brought buses. He did not take back the letter from the Lt-Governor in which he asked him to keep the Assembly under suspended animation. The AAP has defeated its own cause as its chief fled from the government,” Upadhyay said.