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Delhi polls: Harsh Vardhan is BJP’s CM candidate

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 23, 2013

Dr Harsh Vardhan surrounded by his supporters after being declared as the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the Delhi Assembly election in New Delhi on Wednesday. — Sandeep Saxena

Former Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. File Photo.

Ending uncertainty, BJP President Rajnath Singh today announced former Health Minister Harsh Vardhan as its Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly polls.

Sources in the party said a decision on Vardhan’s name has been taken party’s parliamentary board today.

Vijay Goel had reportedly threatened to resign from the post of Delhi unit president when told about the likelihood of Harsh Vardhan being made the Chief Ministerial candidate.

Goel had on Monday sought an early decision on the issue but remained non-committal on supporting Vardhan if the former health minister was named for the post.

Goel had met top brass of BJP including Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj on Sunday and expressed his serious opposition to Vardhan’s candidature, arguing nearly 10 opinion polls had projected him as the most popular face for BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate.

A number of Delhi BJP leaders had already conveyed to the party leadership that they should announce the candidature of Vardhan, saying he has wider acceptability among people, party leaders and workers.

The internal squabbles in Delhi BJP over the issue have taken its toll on the party’s campaign with a number of leaders reluctant to join the door-to-door campaign without a settlement of the leadership issue.

Asked about the atmosphere in the party over the issue, Vardhan said, “Individuals and positions are not important. What is important is ideology and vision of the party.”

He said there was no division in the party and that it was totally united.

Published on October 23, 2013
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