Rumblings in Delhi BJP over CM candidate,Vijay Goel stakes claim

Rumblings in Delhi BJP over CM candidate,Vijay Goel stakes claim


The rumblings within Delhi BJP reached the party's top leadership with sulking local unit chief Vijay Goel opposing any move to project Harsha Vardhan as the chief ministerial candidate.
Former Delhi BJP president Dr. Harshavardhan (L) and Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel at a function of Delhi BJP Purvanchal morcha at Yamuna Sports complex in New Delhi. (Express photo: Ravi Kanojia)


Vijay Goel met BJP president Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi minutes before the party's Central Election Committee meeting on Sunday to decide candidate for Chhattisgarh Assembly polls and told them about his opposition to Harsha Vardhan's candidature.
Dr. Harshavardhan,Vijay Goel with Delhi election incharge Nitin Gadkari. (Express photo: Ravi Kanojia)


The Delhi unit chief is understood to have told the top party leaders that any move to project Harsha Vardhan will harm the party's interest and will demoralise workers at the grassroot level.
Dr. Harshavardhan,Vijay Goel and Delhi election incharge Nitin Gadkari at a function. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)


Vijay Goel reportedly projected his case for the party's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi saying that he had worked hard to strengthen the party in Delhi last eights months. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)


Scores of Goel supporters also raised slogans in favour of him outside the BJP headquarters at Ashok Road where the meeting was held. Sources said Goel was specially called for the meeting to discuss the issue of Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi. Amid talks of party having zeroed in on Harsha Vardhan's name,leaders had called Vijay Goel for agreeing on the name to avoid any conflict in the party ahead of polls. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)


Vijay Goel issued a statement rejecting reports that he walked out of election committee meeting held at party headquarters. "Since I am not a member of the Central Election Committee of BJP,I was not to attend the meeting of the same which took place this evening. Therefore the reports in certain sections of media regarding my walking out and threat to resign are baseless," he said. The Delhi unit of the party is already facing a crisis and is faction-ridden. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)