New Delhi,Oct 24 (): Aam Aadmi Party’s growing popularity made BJP quickly decide on Harsh Vardhan as CM candidate.
The Aam Aadmi Party is relived that BJP has fielded Harsh Vardhan. Its leader Kejriwal said that BJP has already conceded defeat and now the fight is between his party and Congress.
Members and supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party began scouting for a suitable candidate to contest the elections from Krishna Nagar. Harsh Vardhan has won four consecutive times from this constituency.
The earlier probability of Goel’s candidature had Aam Admi concentrating on Model Town. As Vardhan becomes the BJP’s CM candidate, AAP will have to think about a strong candidate.
Initially, there was a proposal that Arvind Kejriwal should stand against Vardhan. But, Kejriwal had already decided to contest against present chief minister Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi constituency. It was suggested that Kejriwal contest from two constituencies.
Kejriwal felt it would it would be being disloyal to people from either of the constituencies. Two of Aam Aadmi Party leaders are candidates in other constituencies. It is now toying with fielding Kumar Vishwas, a well known orator and poet.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was disturbed by a survey showing the growing popularity of AAP and declining party’s prospects in Delhi played a major role in the naming of Harsh Vardhan as CM candidate.
Even though BJP rally at the Japanese Garden in Rohini was billed as a big success, Modi was disturbed by the reports that the BJP was losing ground to new party AAP, led by Arvind Kejriwal.
Modi’s key aides gave him an assessment, which told him of serious setbacks in many areas unless BJP projected a credible force.
Modi is understood to have agreed with the views of LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely who favoured Vardhan for a long time. BJP president Rajnath Singh, who had installed Goel as the Delhi party chief early this year, was initially reluctant about Vardhan but changed his mind when shown survey reports.
RSS plumped for Vardhan and BJP general secretary (organization) Ramlal, who supported Goel, also changed his mind. Goel blundered by refusing to take other Delhi BJP leaders along when he set about revamping the local units. The top brass felt that Goel would not gel with voters.