BJP workers demand Harsh Vardhan’s removal

BJP workers demand Harsh Vardhan’s removal

New Delhi: Frustrated over party’s drubbing in the Delhi assembly polls, a section in the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now baying for its chief Harsh Vardhan’s blood, insisting that party must put its house in order before the Lok Sabha elections.

Sources told PTI here that anti-Vardhan group has started exerting pressure on the national leadership to remove the Delhi BJP chief immediately saying that a strong message has to be sent to non-performing leaders to restore the morale of the grass-root workers.

“There is very little time left for a new president to understand and take control of the situation," a leader who did not want to be named said, adding that former Union minister Vijay Goel could help “recharge" the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

However, Vardhan says he alone should not be blamed for the electoral debacle as “it is a collective responsibility".

“There is no question of quitting. As far as party’s poor show is concerned, it is a collective responsibility and a single individual cannot be held responsible for the failure," Vardhan said.

He said party will go into the reasons behind its poor performance once Rajinder Nagar constituency elections are over.

“We will sit together and decide about the future course of action," said Vardhan whose tenure as Delhi BJP chief was extended early this year after party president Rajnath Singh asked him to continue till the assembly elections.

On whether Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who was the party’s chief ministerial candidate, will vacate his assembly seat and retain his parliamentary seat, Vardhan said it was up to the veteran leader to decide which seat he wants to retain.

“He is a senior member in our party. It will be solely his decision," the BJP leader added.

Vardhan was nominated as the chief of the Delhi unit in 2003 replacing Madanlal Khurana who was made Rajasthan governor.

He was elected as president in the organizational polls in 2004 and is credited with the party’s victory in MCD polls last year.