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BJP to form core panel to rid Delhi unit of infighting

The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to form a core-committee and an election committee to fight factionalism in its Delhi unit

delhi Updated: Aug 13, 2013 00:58 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times

The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to form a core-committee and an election committee to fight factionalism in its Delhi unit.

The move by the party high-command comes in the wake of dissent among party workers against Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel. The committees may curtail Goel’s powers in the matters related to the upcoming assembly elections and the party’s poll campaign.

Apart from a core committee, the party will try to accommodate party’s Delhi veterans in an election committee.

Party’s Delhi affairs in-charge and former national president Nitin Gadkari indicated taking a ‘collective approach’ by forming a core group, which is expected to have five to six members.

Sources said the committee would play a crucial role in day-to-day running of the party and in taking policy decisions related to elections along with state president Vijay Goel.

“Instead of one person taking all the decisions, Gadkariji wants that every decision should be taken after consulting the senior leaders of the committee. The committee will approve all decisions related to the assembly elections such as finalising the vision document or the manifesto,” said a senior BJP leader.

Sources said the core group may include leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly VK Malhotra, senior leader Vijay Sharma, Vijay Goel, Nitin Gadkari and former Delhi unit chief Harshvardhan.

They said the committee members will be given independent charges as well such as overseeing the manifesto of the party, creating vision document, election campaign, handling the media cell, etc. A final decision on the core committee will be taken within a week’s time after the BJP’s Parliamentary board meeting.

In addition, other senior BJP leaders will be accommodated in another committee, which will function under the core committee, to manage election affairs.

“We will try to accommodate all other senior leaders such as Vijender Gupta, Vijay Jolly, and others who have expressed their displeasure with the party’s functioning in the Capital,” said a senior party leader. On Sunday, the Delhi BJP paraded all senior leaders to put up a united show in a rally held at Ramlila Maidan against the increasing power tariff.

First Published: Aug 13, 2013 00:57 IST