Ending uncertainty, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced the name of former Health Minister Harsh Vardhan as its Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly polls.
Notwithstanding strong opposition from its city unit head Vijay Goel, BJP President Rajnath Singh made the announcement.
"Harsh Vardhan is BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly election. I congratulate Dr Vardhan for being chosen as BJP's CM candidate for Delhi," Rajnath Singh announced.
Singh said that Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel has accepted this decision. He asserted that BJP will form the next government in Delhi.
Also present on the occasion was BJP patriarch L K Advani who said, "BJP's first victory was the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat. So this city is important to us."
"The party has grown in national politics after it won the Delhi polls," Advani added.
Goelhad met top brass of BJP including Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj on Sunday and expressed his serious opposition to Vardhan's candidature, arguing nearly 10 opinion polls had projected him as the most popular face for BJP's chief ministerial candidate.
(With PTI inputs)