No consensus yet on state BJP head

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have to wait for some more time to get its head as the much-awaited party national president Nitin Gadkari’s meeting with state leaders in New Delhi failed to reach consensus on Tuesday.

“Due to shortage of time it couldn’t be decided and the decision for the coveted post is still under the consideration of party high command,” said outgoing BJP Odisha president Jual Oram whose three year tenure ended on Sunday.

“Whoever crowned as the state head we’ll accept him” added Oram.

Senior party leader Biswabhusan Harichandan said, “We discussed about the party position in the state and placed our suggestions as well. We hope the party chief will take a decision soon in this regard.”

AS many as six leaders from the state have been lobbying hard for their ‘right’ candidates in New Delhi for past couple of days. According to party insiders while Oram is lobbying intensely for Nayan Mohanty to succeed him, KV Singhdeo is backed by a powerful group and opposed by another.  

Sources said the party central bosses might have to pass through time for the selection of party’s highest berth in state for which Basant Panda and Ashok Sahu are also in the race.

In this case party national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan’s name, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Bihar can’t be ignored, political observers felt.

Notably party general secretary Narendra Singh Tomar and secretary-in-charge of Odisha Santosh Gangwar had on December 13 and 14 consultations with party leaders in Bhubaneswar about a consensus leader for the post. But due to intra-party squabbles they left the exercise to the central bosses.