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Rajnath gauges opinion on State BJP president

BJP NATIONAL president Rajnath Singh and vice-president Balasaheb Apte today sought opinion of several senior party leaders including ministers from Madhya Pradesh in Delhi regarding nomination of the new State BJP president.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 14:47 IST

BJP NATIONAL president Rajnath Singh and vice-president Balasaheb Apte today sought opinion of several senior party leaders including ministers from Madhya Pradesh in Delhi regarding nomination of the new State BJP president.

The new president is likely to be declared tomorrow after the BJP general secretaries’ meeting. BJP sources said the party leaders who had one-on-one meeting with the duo included Kailash Joshi, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Krishna Murari Moghe, Vikram Verma, Satyanarayan Jatia, Babulal Gaur, Narendra Singh Tomar, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Jayant Malaiya and Himmat Kothari.

The sources said most of the leaders left it to the national leadership to decide upon the nomination. However, leaders like Krishna Murari Moghe, Vikram Verma, Kailash Joshi, Sumitra Mahajan are not in favour of the post being given to any second-rung leader like Narendra Singh Tomar or Jayant Malaiya while overlooking senior leaders.

Their contention is that if any of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s handpicked men were to be nominated for the post from the young brigade, balance of power in the party would tilt towards the CM and it would not be in the larger interest of the party.

Sources said former Union Minister Satyanarayan Jatia’s name cropped up during discussions as one of the most-favourite leaders of the party’s national leadership for the post. Given the lack of consensus on the names of Tomar and Malaiya, Jatia might find favour from the central leaders.

A party office-bearer said though the name of the State BJP organising general secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki was also doing the rounds in the party circles as one of the leaders being considered for the post, he seemed to be now unwilling in the present circumstances.

The reasons being - first, he faced stiff opposition from a section of the party workers and leaders given his style of functioning and second, the RSS too did not seem to be in favour of his relinquishing the State organising general secretary’s post.

In the party’s present structure, the post of organising general secretary carries greater influence than the State president’s.

The sources said the Chief Minister was in the State and keeping a close watch on the developments in Delhi. He visited Gwalior in the evening but was in touch with the leaders who went to Delhi.

The CM and the party face uphill task of negating Uma Bharti’s influence in the State keeping in view her upping the movement against the BJP. Uma factor would certainly play a major role in the party’s nomination for the top State post.