Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel on Monday said that he never threatened to resign over the issue of the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming elections as reported.
“Yesterday (On Sunday), the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the party met to discuss the upcoming assembly elections in five states. I am not a member of the CEC. So the question of me leaving the meeting does not arise,” said Goel.
Last week, Goel had claimed that several opinion polls showed that he was the most popular choice for the Delhi chief minister’s job.
The decision over his candidature for the post, however, will be taken by the BJP parliamentary board after holding discussions with all leaders and party workers, said Goel.
“The Board will also decide whether a chief ministerial candidate would be announced at all or not. In the last eight months, since taking charge of the party in the city, I have never recommended any name or proposed my candidature to the central leadership,” said Goel.
According to a party insider, Goel met senior party leaders on Sunday to stake claim to the party’s chief ministerial candidature in Delhi for the December 4 Assembly elections.
A delay in such an announcement would adversely affect the party’s poll preparation, insiders said. Commenting on the infighting, BJP leaders said that it has dampened the spirit of grassroots workers. “Instead of going all out campaigning, our senior leaders are fighting with each other. Even the party’s ambitious plan to reach every household through a five-day intensive campaign has come to a halt,” said a BJP office-bearer.