Sunday, August 25, 2013

​BJP endorses Vijay Goel with please-all panels

Aug 26, 2013(7STAR NEWS)NEW DELHI: The BJP central leadership\'s bid to enforce unity in the faction-riven Delhi unit by getting state chief Vijay Goel to announce an omnibus election committee and core panel seems to have backfired as the move has failed to pass muster with senior leaders opposed to Goel.

Such is the dissatisfaction with the committees—headed by Goel—that senior Delhi leaders are planning to write to the central leadership, perhaps as soon as Monday, expressing their grave disappointment with the patch work formula.

The leaders who have protested against Goel\'s unilateral style of functioning are not amused at the \"committee approach\" adopted to bring them around without addressing their core demand that the state chief be decisively ruled out as the sole chief ministerial nominee. BJP leaders marvelled that the core committee was thrice as big as the election committee.

Party in-charge of Delhi Nitin Gadkari issued a statement underlining Goel\'s leadership. \"I am confident that the ongoing relentless and untiring efforts of our committed cadres, under the state BJP leadership headed by its president Vijay Goel, will now get a further boost in helping the party post a historic victory in the coming assembly elections,\" reads a statement issued by Gadkari\'s office.

But leaders unhappy with Goel had expected that even if it were not possible to zero in on one choice, the composition of a campaign committee—headed by a leader other than Goel—will send the required message.

Now, in a compromise that fails to please any quarter, senior leaders V K Malhotra, Harsh Vardhan, Arti Mehra, Pravesh Verma, Vijender Gupta are in both the committees. The announcements, admitted party sources, read like an endorsement of Goel and are seen as evidence that he has the backing of crucial functionaries like BJP national general secretary (organization) Ram Lal, an RSS nominee and some figures close to party chief Rajnath Singh.

Sources said Harsh Vardhan and Malhotra, whose names were doing the rounds, refused to buy the compromise formula.

The election committee has a 17-member fix team headed by Goel. Another seven-member team that includes Mehra, party spokesperson Vani Tripati and national minority cell convener Ahmad Rasheed have been listed as special invitees of the committee. The core group, however, comprises 53 members and this, too, is being headed by Goel.

Applying caution, the party has even included the name of former CM Madan Lal Khurana—who has been out of active politics, and has been in the hospital since July 16—in the core committee.

\"I call upon the party rank and file in Delhi to work collectively and launch an aggressive campaign against the ineffective Congress regime and expose its failure on all fronts, particularly the rampant corruption, fast deteriorating law and order, mounting inflation and sky-rocketing prices of all essential commodities. The people of Delhi are looking towards the BJP as their only hope to save Delhi and the country from the Congress-misrule. Let us not disappoint them this time,\" said Gadkari.

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