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Goel picked for RS seat from Rajasthan, Delhi BJP may get new chief

The post, which will soon be up for grabs, is being contested by at least four senior party leaders.

New Delhi | Published: January 25, 2014 2:31:27 am
According to a BJP senior leader, nominating Goel for Rajya Sabha was the first step to ensure unity in the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. (PTI) According to a BJP senior leader, nominating Goel for Rajya Sabha was the first step to ensure unity in the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. (PTI)

Soon after the BJP nominated Vijay Goel for the Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan, hopefuls began gathering information on other contenders and lobbying for the post of the Delhi unit president.

The post, which will soon be up for grabs, is being contested by at least four senior party leaders.

According to a BJP senior leader, nominating Goel for Rajya Sabha was the first step to ensure unity in the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Senior leaders also believe that even though Goel can continue to hold the post of the Delhi BJP president, he will be replaced.

“It was a matter of concern for the party as to who should lead it in Delhi when Lok Sabha polls are approaching. And with the kind of infighting that the party has been witnessing, even after the Assembly elections, it became important… to ensure that a senior and energetic leader take the reins of the Delhi unit before the general elections,” the leader said.

“Now with Goel given RS ticket, exercise to nominate new chief will start, and along with it, discussions on names of LS ticket contenders. Soon, the party will finalise the leader who will represent BJP in the upcoming polls,” another senior leader of the party said.

Sources also said BJP’s performance in the Delhi Assembly polls had been discussed among senior leaders. It was learnt that most of them believed under a new chief, the Delhi unit would be able to handle the ‘Aam Aadmi Party phenomenon’ better.

“Many believed the failure of the door-to-door campaign in Delhi was one of the reasons why the BJP could not form the government. Lack of coordination between the senior leaders harmed the party,” the source said.

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