This question assumes significance as Harsh Vardhan, who led the party’s poll campaign in the national capital during the Lok Sabha as well as assembly elections, has been appointed as the Union Health Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet.

In such a scenario, it is being said that the party is facing a ‘leadership crisis’ in its Delhi unit. The BJP is now looking for a personality who can Harsh Vardhan’s stature and lead the party in an efficient manner.  

Talks are also making rounds that Harsh Vardhan could be brought back. At the same time, it has been learnt the several MPs are busy in lobbying these days in order to throw their hat around the ring.

The names of several leaders like Udit Raj, Meenakshi Lekhi are making rounds and it is being said that senior leader Vijay Goel is also keen to be seen as a contender for the post of Delhi unit’s president.

Here, it needs to be mentioned that Goel was sidelined prior to the assembly elections, a move, which apparently did not go down well with him as he was harbouring chief ministerial ambitions but eventually gave in to the party’s will.

Like it has been said that there is no leader who can stand up to Harsh Vardhan’s stature as of now, the MPs are also trying their luck by putting forward their performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP’s performance in the last year’s assembly elections was quite impressive as it not only countered the AAP-effect but also emerged as the party with highest number of seats -32, just three short of the required number to form government in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.

Besides, the saffron party put up a resounding performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in Delhi where it bagged all the seven seats and its candidates went on to defeat Congress heavyweights like Ajay Maken and Kapil Sibal.

Now, it remains to be seen that who gets the position of Delhi unit’s president as the political machinery of this city-state is key to the party’s credibility in the national arena as well.


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