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CM?s Delhi visit may decide State BJP chief

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan?s visit to Delhi to attend the BJP?s National Council meeting there assumes significance for the State BJP too. He left for Delhi this evening. A senior party leader said the new State Bharatiya Janata Party president could be declared in the next four to five days.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 13:19 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s visit to Delhi to attend the BJP’s National Council meeting there assumes significance for the State BJP too. He left for Delhi this evening. A senior party leader said the new State Bharatiya Janata Party president could be declared in the next four to five days.

The Bharatiya Janata Party sources said the CM and the party office-bearers including Kaptan Singh Solanki and Anil Dave would take the opportunity to discuss the nomination of the new State BJP president with the BJP national president Rajnath Singh and other top leaders at Delhi.

Such an important appointment needed the nod of the national president Rajnath Singh. The latter would be in a position to take important decisions like this after the National Council’s approval to his nomination as the party president.

They said the party leaders from Madhya Pradesh including MPs, MLAs and other party delegates, about 230 in number, would be in Delhi to attend the meeting. The names doing the rounds in the Bharatiya Janata Party circles for the top post in the State BJP include Sumitra Mahajan, Satyanarayan Jatia and Krishnamurari Moghe. All these leaders are Members of Parliament.

Another MP Thavarchand Gehlot whose name was considered to be in reckoning seemed to be lagging behind in the race for the post. The sources said all these four MPs came from Malwa region whereas the party was looking for a leader from Mahakoshal region.

Had the ‘bribe for questions” sting operation not taken place Faggan Singh Kulaste from Mahakoshal region would have been nominated for the post by now. The sources said Sumitra Mahajan’s name cropped up as one of the probable for the post as being a woman leader she could be pitted against expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti.

The sources said since Chouhan had urged the central party leaders to relieve him of the post of State Bharatiya Janata Party president so that he could focus his time and energy on running of the government affairs, the top leaders would not like to further delay the matter of appointment.