All eyes on CM; Chauhan keeping his cards close to his chest; Narendra Singh Tomar prime contender
BHOPAL: The election for the state BJP president will be held in the coming week but so far, no contender has come forward to take on state president Prabhat Jha. Former state chief Narendra Singh Tomar is said to be a strong contender but even he has not declared his candidature so far.
There are speculations that MPs Bhupendra Singh, Rakesh Singh, Housing Board chairman Rampal Singh and Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla may throw their hat into the ring but none of them has openly come out with their claim so far. No senior party leader has announced his or her backing for any of them BJP national general secretary Narendra Singh Tomar is in the race as the main contender and BJP leaders hope that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan may propose Tomar’s name.
Industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has been instrumental in infusing cordiality in the relations between organisational general secretary Arvind Menon and Jha. The supporters of Menon, who include many ministers, may come in support of Jha. Sources say the leaders interested in becoming BJP state president are waiting for chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to indicate his choice and till then none of them of them are willing to come forward.
RSS senior leader Suresh Soni and former Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi had a meeting with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Saturday morning at CM House. Soni also held discussions with other BJP leaders on the election of BJP state president. It was mainly because of Soni’s backing that Jha could become the state president and this time too Soni is mounting pressure on Chauhan to get a second term for Jha.
Congress keeping a close eye
T he Congress, keen to come to power in the state after sitting in opposition for ten years, is monitoring observing the BJP state president elections. Congress MLA Govind Singh maintains that chief minister would not like Prabhat Jha to get second term. He said that CM would like his confidants namely Narottam Mishra or Narendra Tomar to become party state president. Jha’s sharp and acerbic remarks have troubled Congress leaders in the last two years. The Congress would be happy if Jha does not get a second term.
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