New Delhi: Owing to in-house differences,
BJP Central Election Committee today failed to arrive at a
consensus on party candidates for coming Bihar assembly
elections and decided to meet again tomorrow.
"BJP CEC and state unit leaders from Bihar met today
under the chairmanship of party president Nitin Gadkari and
held a detailed discussion on ticket distribution and what the
strategy should be for the forthcoming elections," party
general secretary in-charge of Bihar Ananth Kumar said.
He said the issues to be highlighted during the BJP
election campaign and the strategy for the polls were
"The CEC will meet again tomorrow and the list will be
issued. The discussion today was incomplete," Kumar said.
Asked if differences between senior leaders was the
reason behind the deferment, Kumar replied in the negative.
Senior party leaders from Bihar, including state unit
president C P Thakur, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, Radha
Mohan Singh, Mangal Pandey, Ashwini Chaubey and central
leaders from the state like Shahnawaz Hussain and Ravi Shankar
Prasad are involved in finalising the list of probable
candidates. All these leaders were present in today`s meeting.
Other leaders present at the meeting included Arun
Jaitley, who was earlier in-charge of Bihar, and present
co-incharge of the state Dharmendra Pradhan.
Some of these leaders do not see eye-to-eye with each
other on several issues and there are said to be major
differences between them on who should be fielded from which
However, Kumar said there was no controversy.
"We had a serious discussion. The central leadership was
apprised of the situation in the state. We will decide on the
candidates after reaching a consensus," he said.