BJP cadre in UK waiting for High Command's decision with bated breath
The BJP cadre here is waiting with bated breath for the party High Command's decision on the state chief head with the two aspirants, Teerath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat withdrawing their names to avoid holding of election.
The whole episode has, however, exposed the deep-rooted factionalism in the state BJP organisation as all attempts of party's central election observer Vijay Goyal and Uttarakhand BJP leaders to find an unanimous leader to head the party in the state failed miserably.
However, state party spokesman Mukesh Mahendru today stressed that the decision on the BJP state chief would be announced by this evening and would be acceptable for all.
However, the entire episode, due to which the period of withdrawal of the names was extended twice, has caused lots of bickering amid the BJP workers who are arguing that if a new name was to be thrust by the party high command, why was the farce of nominations enacted at the first place? The faction under which arch rivals former chief minister B C Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' had come together to support Teerath Singh Rawat, Chaubatakhal legislator was still hopeful of his becoming the chief claiming that their candidate had wider acceptability.
However, former Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who was said to be behind the filing of nomination papers by former minister Trivendra Singh Rawat as a tactical move, was believed to be himself lobbying hard for the post.
The post this year becomes important as the state was set for local bodies polls and preparing for Lok Sabha polls as well.
After the drubbing given to Congress candidate Saket Bahuguna by BJP's Mala Rajyalakshmi, the BJP leaders here were hopeful of gains in Lok Sabha 2014 polls as well. If it did happen, the man who leads the party during this time, was bound to gain in political stature.