A consensus candidate would most likely be elected as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s next state president on Thursday in the presence of party election observer Rakesh Singh, said its outgoing state chief Tirath Singh Rawat.
“Madhya Pradesh MP Rakesh Singh accompanied by state in-charge Shyam Jaju reached here on Wednesday evening,” Rawat said. The Central leaders held a meeting with the state leaders and would also interact with the party’s three former chief ministers — BC Khanduri, BS Koshiyari and Ramesh Pokhriyal.
Rawat said the party was looking for a consensus candidate in keeping with its tradition. The party would like to avoid election of the next state chief as it might revive infighting, he said.
“Such a scenario would not be advisable as hardly a year is left for the next assembly elections.”
“There are mainly three contenders for the post,” he said referring to Ajay Bhatt, the party’s leader in the assembly, its vice president Dhan Singh Rawat and the state in-charge for Jharkhand Trivendra Singh Rawat.
BJP insiders, however, said a consensus candidate might elude the party.
However, Kedar Joshi, the BJP’s state election in-charge, said the central leadership would try to get the next state chief elected through consensus. “In case, that doesn’t happen we are ready to hold elections,” he said.