Harsh Vardhan named BJP’s Delhi CM candidate for Assembly elections
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday named Harsh Vardhan as its chief ministerial candidate for the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections.
The final decision was taken by parliamentary board of the BJP, which was attended by LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and Ananth Kumar.
Announcing the decision, BJP president Rajnath Singh said: “I congratulate Dr Harsh Vardhan on being chosen as the BJP’s CM candidate for Delhi.
Rajnath said the decision was taken keeping in mind the track record of DR Harsh Vardhan who was praised nationwide when he was Delhi’s health minister as well his contribution to the party while he was the Delhi BJP president.
Addressing the reporters, the newly chosen CM candidate, said that the BJP will first free Delhi from the Congress rule and then get rid of the ruling party in 2014 General Elections.
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel, who was said to be annoyed over the issue, said that he was very happy that the BJP Parliamentary Board has decided on Dr Harshvardhan.
Speaking to the media, Goel, who had few days back publicly announced himself as the CM candidate, said that he is not sad with the BJP Parliamentary Board’s decision. “I said this from the start that whatever the Board decides it will be final decision,” Goel added.
Meanwhile, reacting to BJP’s decision, Congress Delhi in-charge Shakeel Ahmad said that the opposition party is no competition for the ruling party.
Delhi Assembly elections will be held in the national capital on December 4 with over 11.5 million voters eligible to cast their ballots in 70 constituencies.
Last month, three surveys conducted by a private agency, Sisro Associates, with technical assistance from Yogendra Yadav has projected that AAP will garner 32 percent vote share. The Congress and the BJP will end up with 24 and 23 percent votes respectively. And if this happens, then the growing unrest within BJP’s Delhi wing will scuttle its chances to seize power from Congress.