Unease in BJP as Goel shuts out sons of former city bosses

The recently constituted core team of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit has left out the names of the sons of two leaders,a move that leaders feel could affect the party’s position in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2013 2:09 am

The recently constituted core team of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit has left out the names of the sons of two leaders,a move that leaders feel could affect the party’s position in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Former Chief Ministers Madan Lal Khurana and Sahib Singh Verma,who were considered to be the backbone of BJP’s Delhi unit,commanded strong support of the Punjabi and Jat communities. They were seen as instrumental in the rise of the BJP in Delhi.

Party sources feel that not accommodating their sons,Harish Khurana and Parvesh Verma,in Vijay Goel’s team could seriously affect the party’s prospects in the Assembly polls as leaders owing allegiance to the two former chief ministers could try to work against the party in constituencies where the writ of the former leaderst still runs.

According to a senior leader in the party,non-inclusion of Verma in the core team could hurt the party in Outer Delhi.

“There are villages where Sahib Singh Verma is still considered the leader and support for Parvesh could have won us some seats. With caste politics heavy on votes,leader of any other community,even if he takes Jat leaders along,would face a tough time winning over the voters,” the leader said. Both Harish Khurana and Verma are ticket hopefuls in the upcoming Assembly elections.

However,the party office claimed that it “forgot” to add Verma’s name to the state executive list,which had close to 160 members in various capacities.

Party sources also felt that while Delhi BJP president Goel had been making open statements against promotion of dynastic politics,he had conveniently forgotten his father’s decades old affiliation with the party.

Goel’s father,Charti Lal Goel,served as Speaker of the Delhi Assembly. He was not only given a place but also made a permanent invitee to the executive committee announced recently.

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