New Delhi: Following a humiliating defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently-concluded Delhi assembly elections where the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was swept back to power, party’s Delhi unit Chief Manoj Tiwari offered to resign from his post. However, his resignation was not accepted by the party.
According to a report, the BJP leadership is believed to be not in favour of a change of guard at the moment.
The top BJP, while refusing to accept Tiwari’s resignation, told him that a change of guard in Delhi will take place as and when “structural changes” are made in the party’s Delhi unit.
Notably, the BJP bagged eight seats in the Delhi house of seventy constituencies on February 11, when the counting of votes was undertaken, thus improving its tally by 5 seats in comparison to 2015 assembly elections.
On the face of the defeat, BJP President Nadda has also convened a meeting on Wednesday evening to review Delhi poll results and to fix accountability.
The Delhi BJP unit has often been a problematic one because of the internal strife. While Vijay Goel has one set of followers, Tiwari has another set and so does Harsh Vardhan.
There have been demands within the party to remove Tiwari from the top post in Delhi for more than a year now. But then BJP President Amit Shah refused to entertain such demands with Delhi elections in mind, where Purvanchalis constitute a sizeable number. Tiwari often flaunts his Purvanchali origin as his political USP.