New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday appointed Harshvardhan as president of the party’s Delhi unit replacing Vijay Goel from the post.

Party President Rajnath Singh made the appointment after accepting Goel’s resignation who has since been nominated to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

Harshvardhan was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the previous Delhi assembly elections in which the party failed to get a simple majority by a narrow margin.

BJP could bag 32 of the 70 seats and was pipped by debutant Aam Aadmi Party in forming a government with the support of Congress.

The appointment of Harshavardhan as Delhi BJP chief is aimed at projecting a united leadership in Delhi and end the infighting in the party’s unit.

Harshvardhan, 59, is the leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly which has been placed under suspended animation.

The doctor-turned-politician has been a five-time MLA in Delhi. He won from Krishan Nagar seat in 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. He will hold the dual charge of leader of the opposition and party chief against the party’s ‘one-man-one- post’ principle.

Harshvardhan had been a former president of the party’s Delhi unit in 2003 when the party suffered a defeat at the hands of Sheila Dikshit who led Congress to a successive victory in assembly polls in Delhi.

Harshvardhan had been a minister of health and minister of law in government of Delhi and became a minister for education in 1996. During his time in Delhi’s health ministry, he had launched polio eradication plan in October 1994.