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Thursday, December 8, 2011


Koshiyari may be made BJP in charge

Dehradun, December 8
With state BJP president Bishan Singh Chufal likely to contest the coming Assembly elections, the chances of former Chief Minister and senior leader Bhagat Singh Koshiyari being made as in charge of the state BJP have brightened.
The BJP top leadership is expected to make the organisational change once the party finalises the distribution of tickets. Soon after the leadership change was made in the state with the anointing of BC Khanduri as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, probable leadership changes in the party had also gained ground as Chufal was seen more in tune with the former Chief Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
However, Chufal managed to stave off any challenge to his leadership. Now, with the elections drawing near, the party sources say Koshiyari would be made the in charge of the state BJP. As Chufal is expected to get busy with the elections, he would not be able to devote much time for the organisation and without removing him the party would be able to anoint Koshiyari as in charge of the state BJP.
With two power centres revolving around Khanduri and Nishank pulling the party in different directions, the situation in the BJP is expected to get further complicated after Koshiyari steps in. In the recent shake-up of Chief Ministers in the state, Koshiyari had aligned with Khanduri.
Nishank is known to have skipped recent meetings in which Koshiyari was also present.
Mussoorie, December 8
Senior BJP leader from Jharkhand and in charge of Mussoorie Assembly segment Ganesh Mishra met BJP workers and discussed party’s winning prospects in the coming state Assembly elections here today.

BJP local unit president Roop Singh Kathait welcomed Mishra. Mishra, while speaking to the media, said the preparations for the elections were in place and the BJP was once again gearing up to return to the power in the state.
Elaborating further, he said the BJP would be going into elections on the plank of good governance and development work done in the past five years in the state. He also gave tips to the party workers on ways to form booth-level committees and garner more voters to the BJP fold.
He also said the BJP government was committed to root out corruption and effective Lokayukt Bill brought by the Khanduri government is a prime example of the honest intentions.
However, considering the low turnout at the review meeting of party workers, many insiders feel that the factionalism was here to stay and achieving results under such circumstances will be a uphill task for the party even after importing election in charge from Jharkhand.

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