BJP to elect Haryana chief on January 5, lobbying intensifies

With incumbent president Krishan Pal Gurjar having completed his tenure, the BJP is all set to elect its Haryana chief on January 5. Gurjar's term ended around December 15, and the delay in deciding the new president has led to hectic lobbying, for the post, within the saffron party.

The elections, for the new chief, will now be held on January 5 under the supervision of BJP national vice-president Kalraj Mishra. On the same date, polls for ten national executive members from the state will also be held.

The party has completed the election process in a dozen districts and as per the state unit's poll rules, it's mandatory for fifty per cent of the districts to finish the process. Each district elects or nominates one representative to participate in the state BJP election. Besides the districts, all 90 Assembly segments also choose a representative for the election. They have so far been held at Palwal, Faridabad, Sonepat, Kaithal, Jind, Bhiwani, Ambala, Panchkula, Hisar, Rewari, Jhajjar and Kurukshetra. Other units are likely to complete their process this week.

The delay, however, has led to hectic lobbying in the state unit for the top position. All five contenders have rejuvenated their efforts and have earned support from different quarters. The RSS, that was initially supporting one candidate is now divided, and it is to be seen which faction is finally able to turn the tables in its favour.

Among the top contenders is Krishan Pal Gurjar himself. Despite initially being reluctant to take on another term, he now claims that he has strong support for another term. Gurjar was given command of the state unit when the party snapped its ties with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) led by former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, in the 2009 Assembly polls. The party had then managed only four seats but it reached an alliance with Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Congress.

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