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22 October, 2007

Power struggle puts BJP in a fix over CM candidate in HP

The Financial Express
New Delhi, Oct 21 Contrasting the Gujarat model where the party has gone overboard in announcing that it will face the electorate in the next round of Assembly elections in December under the leadership of chief minister Narendra Modi, the BJP is facing a predicament of sorts in finalising its chief ministerial candidate for Himachal Pradesh. ...
   ... Given the competing positions held by the three factions in the party, the BJP has decided to hit the campaign trail with the concept of "collective leadership", as announcing this officially after a meeting of party leaders here early last week, Sat Pal Jain, party's in-charge in the state, said, "We will not nominate anyone as our candidate for the post of chief minister before the completion of the elections. When the poll process in the state are over the BJP parliamentary board will take a decision on the issue in consultation with newly elected party MLAs." ...
   ... Meanwhile, in an apparent move to scuttle any attempt by either of the factions to score over others, the party high command has recently censored and issued a show cause notice to leader of Opposition in the state assembly ID Dhiman, who had said that next government in the state would be formed under the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal.
   "Dhiman's statement has no approval from the party high command and so does not carry any weight," Jain said adding that he advised the leaders and workers of the party not to approach the press on