There is a fierce tug of war going on between two Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) men, who are probables for the coveted post of the Bharatiya Janata party’s state unit president.
Though a list of nearly 25 names is making rounds, sources in know of the developments say either Narinder Singh, an RSS-origin leader who was recently included into the BJP fold, or Jammu West MLA and state vice-president Sat Sharma will make it to the post.
The election for the party post is scheduled for November 20.
The grapevine, however, is also discussing a third possibility — that of the incumbent Jugal Kishore Sharma, also a BJP MP, likely holding on to a second term.
“In all likelihood Jugal Kishore may be BJP president again, but the bets are also heavily placed in favour of Sat Sharma and Narinder Singh,” a BJP senior party leader, who is also one of the jury members entrusted with the job of finalising the names for the president’s post, said on the condition of anonymity.
“Narinder Singh was one of the important team members to meet Union health minister JP Nadda to defuse the AIIMS row in Jammu and has made himself stronger in the party,” the BJP leader said.
The BJP leader, however, said it is the RSS seal on a name that will give the BJP its new president.
Other names in the list include district vice-president Vibodh Gupta, senior party leader Chander Mohan Sharma and BJP general secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul.
“Ashok Koul who comes from a strong RSS background and has been managing the party affairs for the past two years effectively is also a strong contender,” the BJP leader added.