Harsh Vardhan is BJP's choice for Delhi CM

The decision was taken following the BJP's parliamentary board meeting attended by party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader LK Advani.

NEW DELHI: Ending weeks of speculation, party president Rajnath Singh said Harsh Vardhan is BJP's choice for the post of Delhi chief minister for the Delhi assembly polls slated for December 4.

The decision was taken following the BJP's parliamentary board meeting attended by party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader L.K. Advani among others.

"The central parliamentary board has unanimously decided to project Dr. Harsh Vardhan as the BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi elections," Rajnath Singh told reporters after the meeting.

Harsh Vardhan, 59, was elected from Krishna Nagar constituency in east Delhi for the first time in 1993 and went on to retain that seat in the 1998, 2003 and 2008 assembly elections.

An ENT surgeon by profession, he is married to Nutan, a specialist in hospital administration. He has two sons and a daughter.

Rajnath Singh said Goel has accepted Harsh Vardhan's candidature.

Earlier on Monday, BJP's Delhi unit president Vijay Goel said he never threatened to quit in the wake of reports that his rival Harsh Vardhan was the front runner as the party's chief ministerial candidate in the capital.


"I never threatened to resign as the media is reporting," Goel said.

"The decision (to shortlist chief ministerial candidate) will be taken by the party's parliamentary board after holding discussions with all leaders and party workers," he said.

However, the decision must be taken as soon as possible, he added.

Goel Sunday met senior BJP leaders to stake his claim as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the Dec 4 Delhi assembly polls.

According to media reports, Goel threatened to resign from his post if Harsh Vardhan was projected as the chief minister while some reports suggested that he even left the party's Chief Election Committee meeting midway.