AAP, not Congress, is our main opponent in Delhi, says MP Goel

Goel ruled out the Congress from the national capital.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: June 10, 2014 2:14:01 am

Even as Delhi BJP gears up for fresh Assembly polls after sweeping the Lok Sabha elections, former Delhi BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel maintained that the AAP was the party’s main challenge.

Goel ruled out the Congress from the national capital. “We need to keep our preparation for the polls intact. We cannot take the AAP for granted. Though we won all seven Loksabha seats in Delhi, the AAP came in second in these constituencies. They have in a sense replaced Congress as our main competition,” Goel said.

Asked about the appointment of a new Delhi unit president — Harsh Vardhan has been elevated to the Union Cabinet — and whether he was interested in the post, Goel said he was not in the race for any post in Delhi.

“I am not in race for the post of Delhi unit president. As far as names of leaders in the fray are concerned, I can tell you that it is up to the party’s top leadership. Taking names just as yet will not be appropriate. Our top brass is busy finalising things at the national level. Once that is sorted, most probably after this Parliament session, Delhi is next on the list,” Goel said.

Speaking to Newsline, Goel said the party’s leadership believed that Delhi should get a government soon. “I have met Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and I have suggested that he should take a meeting of all Delhi MPs and the Lt Governor,” Goel said.

On the candidate that should hold the post of state president, the former Delhi chief iterated that the candidate should not be judged on the basis of caste. The person should be competent and dynamic to lead the BJP in Delhi, Goel said.

As BJP is witnessing an ideological war among party leaders over the issue of CM candidate, a majority of the leaders believe that a local leader will be apt for the job.

“I believe that CM Delhi should be from Delhi. We have so many leaders who have worked hard and have been connected with the people of Delhi,” Goel said.

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