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19 December, 2009

BJP state president only by consensus, says Jain

Indian Express
Shimla: Satya Pal Jain, former MP and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Himachal affairs in-charge, said the next state president of the party would be elected through consensus. He hinted that present chief Khimi Ram could be the most acceptable choice of senior leaders.
At a press conference on Friday, Jain said the process for organisational elections was already under way and the membership drive started by the party had ended with 3.7 lakh new members. The first phase of electing mandal heads will be completed by the end of this month, while district presidents will be elected in January. Jain said the election of the state party chief would not be held before a new party president—a replacement to Rajnath Singh—was in place. The BJP leader denied that there was any clash of interests on choosing the next state president, adding that the party’s core group meeting at Dharamshala had not deliberated on any name till now. “There is no question of any minister or MLA being tipped for the post,” he said. “The new president will be elected after full consultations with senior leaders,” added Jain.