Gwalior: Senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party in Madhya Pradesh have locked horns to ensure that their close aide is appointed as for the important post of District President of Gwalior.

District President Vedprakash Sharma has remained ill for a long time span and possibilities are high that the party may soon replace him. Sensing the important of the portfolio, senior party members have started hobnobbing in this context.

State President Prabhat Jha is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to get his close supporter Uday Agrawal named for the post. However, another party bigwig Narendra Singh Tomar who is also the national general secretary of BJP is against the move.

There have several instances in the recent past which have exposed the factionalism in the BJP cadres in the Gwalior-Chambal region. On several occasions, party members have been involved in clash with each other. The issue of district president has already brought the differences between the BJP groups. Some have even hit the road to raise their demand.

Around 18 months back, Vedprakash Sharma was appointed the BJP district president. However, Sharma was not too pleased with the development as he was eyeing a post in the party’s state committee. His poor health in past few months has kept his at a distance from active politics.

Giving air to the controversy, Tomar has suggested the name of his confidante Rakesh Jaudan for the post. Another party member Paras Jain is also in the race for the party post.   

JPN/Bureau