Putting break on all speculations, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Friday announced that the assembly elections scheduled in 2012 in Uttarakhand would be contested under the leadership of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
“2012 elections will be contested under Nishank’s leadership” told Gadkari in a party meeting in Haridwar. Gadkari’s statement comes at a time when reports of inner party fissures have been doing rounds in BJP. Gadkari who was in Uttarakhand for last two days met party leaders, ministers and MLA's separately.
He also addressed senior party leaders at state executive meet on Thursday in Dehradun had asked cadres to ‘leave aside ambitions and work towards strengthening party ahead on 2012 polls’.
Nishank who replaced BC Khanduri last year after party lost all five Loksabha seats in Uttarakhand has so far tried to mollify party factions and accommodate leaders in various corporations. However a group in party had been opposing ‘works carried out by government’.
“Its not about works its about respect of leadership decision. If party has decided has one name then every leader should back him” said a Nishank loyalist while commenting on factionalism in party.
Political observers feel that Gadkari’s ‘blessings’ will apparently give Nishank much-needed boost and free ‘free hand’ to operate in state as less than 20 months have been left for state to go for polls.