New Delhi: Facing protests from state's senior leaders of BJP, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank heaved a sigh of relief when BJP president Nitin Gadkari called spade a spade that there would be no changes in the state leadership after holding the meet with the core group of the party.

The party will contest elections under the collective leadership of Nishank, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. However, MLAs will elect a leader after the election.

In the backdrop of elections scheduled for next year, the party will organise a ‘chintan baithak’ (introspection meeting) with the state government and leaders to review and plan and strategy of the party.

Elections will be conducted in seven states out of which the BJP will begin its battle from Uttarakhand. According to party members, Uttarakhand will be a major challenge as the BJP is already ruling there.

The party is facing major difficulty as there is no cohesion between two former Chief Ministers and the present CM. Due to this, party’s high command is striving hard with the core group to chalk out strategy for scoring well in polls.

According to sources, during a meeting on Thursday, questions were raised on the functioning of Nishank but Gadkari had cleared that there would be no change in the leadership. “We have to stay united and fight elections collectively,” said Gadkari.

“Koshiyari, Nishank and Khanduri are important for the party. BJP is not a party where one leader is appointed and other members work like servants,” Gadkari told reporters.

Sources say that after Bhagat Singh Koshiyari refused to take charge of the state party president, Saudan Singh will play a key role.
Along with state party general secretary Thavarchand Gehlot, Singh will keep an eye on the entire state.

The party has also decided to stage five major rallies in the state which will be attended by senior BJP leaders.

JPN/Bureau