In Uttarakhand, BJP may try a new face

‘Ability to deliver will be the criterion’

March 13, 2017 11:33 pm | Updated March 14, 2017 12:36 am IST - Dehradun

B. C. Khanduri

B. C. Khanduri

The BJP on Monday hinted that it might pick a relative greenhorn, rather than a party stalwart, for the Chief Minister’s post in Uttarakhand where it recorded a landslide victory winning 56 of the 70 Assembly seats.

Battling the problem of plenty with as many as four former chief ministers in the party’s ranks besides a crop of young and promising leaders, making a choice for the top job in Uttarakhand is indeed a daunting task for the BJP.

BJP leaders here indicated that the choice will be made by the party’s Parliamentary Board absolutely on the basis of the person’s ability to deliver on the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of the State in the run-up to the Assembly elections.

“As a strong Modi wave is believed to have swept the party to an absolute majority in the State, whoever is finally chosen as the Chief Minister will have to deliver on the promise of clean and efficient governance made by the Prime Minister to the people of the State,” a senior party leader said, requesting anonymity.

The names of CM probables now doing the rounds include those of former CMs Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Vijay Bahuguna, besides Satpal Maharaj, Trivendra Singh Rawat and Prakash Pant.

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