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No name yet for CM,hopeful BJP MLAs gear up for poll race

BJP president Rajnath Singh’s remarks that the party had not yet decided on a chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections has several CM hopefuls from the party fold rushing to prove their worth.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2013 1:42:10 am

BJP president Rajnath Singh’s remarks that the party had not yet decided on a chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections has several CM hopefuls from the party fold rushing to prove their worth.

And with senior national leaders showing little or no interest in throwing their hat into the ring,the race for Delhi’s top job is expected to intensify in the coming days.

Singh stated that the party’s Parliamentary board would eventually take a call on Delhi’s CM candidate while responding to a question at the Idea Exchange programme at The Indian Express on Thursday.

The BJP chief remained tight-lipped about even prospective candidates in the fray to take on three-time Congress CM Sheila Dikshit.

A senior BJP leader said that Singh’s remarks was a sign of hope for many senior party functionaries.

“The party has been out of power since 1998 and there is sense a hope for the 2013 elections. After securing a handsome victory in the municipal elections last year,there are several leaders trying to make their mark,” he said.

He said the BJP’s national leadership had little interest in contesting the Assembly elections.

Sources in the BJP said that competitors for the city’s top job would include legislators,former MPs and even councillors from Delhi’s municipal corporations.

“Sitting MLAs who won the 2008 elections by a large margin now suddenly believe they have a chance. Many MLAs are at present compiling their victory margins,successful campaigns and achievements over the last five years,” a senior party functionary said.

According to party sources,each Assembly constituency,on average,included four municipal wards. “Those MLAs who secured victories in all four wards in their constituency in the local body elections in 2012 are also part of the race now. There are many such MLAs who will now want to boast of their achievements,” the senior leader said.

Meanwhile,the Congress remained nonplussed over the BJP’s leadership dilemma.

“For the last three elections,the BJP has suffered from a crisis of credible leaders. Though many of their national leaders are from Delhi,nobody seems interested in the job,” a senior Congress leader said.

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