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New headache for BJP: Coordination issues

The party seems to be pulling in different directions with all senior leaders trying to exercise their authority and clout.

Despite claims by senior leaders that there was no disunity in the Delhi BJP as the party prepares for the Assembly polls,the state unit is facing another round of strife. The party seems to be pulling in different directions with all senior leaders trying to exercise their authority and clout.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel continues to operate the official PR machinery the party made available to him. In instances that show complete lack of coordination,there have been statements on the same issue coming separately from Harsh Vardhan,the party’s chief ministerial candidate,and Goel. And both leaders issue separate press statements to make sure they are not overshadowed by each other.

Similarly,not trusting the state unit for effective communication,leaders have directed their own PR personnel to ensure smooth communication with the media and public. Several leaders prefer to have their own mechanism,apart from the Delhi state unit,for effective flow of information.

The discord in the party has been widening with central leaders involved in the campaigning process. In the recent event of a senior central leader,the information that he will be having a public meeting in South Delhi came from other party leaders associated with him and not from the Delhi BJP.

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The information about the meeting came from the Delhi BJP just an hour before the meeting. When asked about it,a party leader said when the state unit was contacted for sending out information about the meeting,they turned down the request by saying that Goel’s permission would be required.

“It is impossible for us to make the Delhi unit send SMSes for central leaders as everything has to go past Goel. Finally,the Delhi unit sent out the message but it was already late,” the leader said.

Against Nitin Gadkari’s claims that the party will fight the elections unitedly,the disconnect between the party leaders has been widening.

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