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Harsh Vardhan leaves, lobbying starts

Sources said Modi himself was keeping a close watch on Delhi politics apart from the RSS.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2014 2:38:09 am
Harsh Vardhan at his residence on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra) Harsh Vardhan at his residence on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra)

With Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan elevated to the Union Cabinet, speculation is rife about the changes likely to be effected in the party’s state unit in the coming days.

Jockeying for the post of state unit chief has already started. Sources said the party brass could speed up the process of announcing a new Delhi unit chief, replacing Harsh Vardhan, keeping in mind the Assembly polls. Names doing the rounds are Parvesh Sahib Singh, Satish Upadhyay and Alok Kumar.

“We need a dynamic person to lead Delhi in the Assembly elections,” a party leader said.

But with the BJP on strong ground to win the Assembly polls in the capital, sources said Harsh Vardhan could be brought back as the chief ministerial candidate when Delhi goes to polls. “We have to win in Delhi and people of the city accepted Harsh Vardhan as the face of the BJP in the last Assembly elections,” a source said.

Sources said Modi himself was keeping a close watch on Delhi politics apart from the RSS.

Meanwhile, newly inducted Cabinet minister Harsh Vardhan reaffirmed his commitment to secure full statehood for the capital, now that a BJP government is at the Centre.

Hours before being sworn in, Harsh Vardhan said the first demand he would put forth in front of the prime minister would be full statehood for Delhi.

The state BJP has been demanding full statehood for Delhi for many years. “During Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government, we even brought the Bill to Parliament, but it could not be passed,” Harsh Vardhan said.

Besides, he said the party would fulfill all the promises it made in the last Assembly elections. “There are many issues in Delhi and, if voted to power, we are committed to fulfil those,” he said.

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