Khurana not in BJP’s election committee
The BJP chief announced the poll management committee and veteran leader ML Khurana, however, does not figure among those identified for managing the election for the party. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2008 22:48 IST
Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Harsh Vardhan on Monday announced the poll management committee for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Vijay Kumar Malhotra will head the 81-member panel. Veteran leader Madan Lal Khurana, however, does not figure among those identified for managing the election for the party.
Harsh Vardhan desisted from making any remarks on the former chief minister’s absence from the BJP’s backroom team, insisting that the decision to keep Khurana out was not his. “It is the party’s decision,” he said.
Khurana, who was recently accepted back in the party’s fold after apologising for openly rebelling against the party leadership, also refused to comment on the issue.
“I am not going to make any political comment at this stage,” Khurana said when contacted by Hindustan Times. The BJP had gone to the Assembly polls the last time around under Khurana’s leadership, but party insiders say his involvement in the state election is going to be negligible this time. Sources say Khurana has been instructed to stay mum and out of the political fray.
Party leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Shatrughan Sinha, Kidar Nath Sahani and former L-G Vijai Kapoor have been named advisors for the Delhi polls. Other Delhi BJP regulars like Vijay Goel, Anita Arya, Mange Ram Garg, Jagdish Mukhi, Harsharan Singh Balli, Subhash Arya, Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra and MCD standing committee chief Vijender Gupta are part of the team meant to run the show for the party.
“This is the same team under which the MCD elections were conducted in 2007. The party was victorious and we are expecting a repeat performance,” said Harsh Vardhan.
Vardhan added that the BJP was likely to declare its candidates soon keeping in mind the November-December poll date.