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BJP national secy to be in UT for city unit chief’s poll

BJP national secretary Y Satya Kumar will come to Chandigarh on January 17 for city party president elections. However, the arrival of party leader Piyush Goyal, Minister for Commerce and Industry and Railways, who is observer for the poll, is yet to be confirmed.
According to a senior party leader, nominations will be filed by different candidates that very day. Following this, district and state team of the city BJP will vote for the candidates. Later, Kumar will announce the name of the party president on the same day.
As of now, senior party councillor and former Mayor Arun Sood is said to be the frontrunner for the post. However, senior councillor Davesh Moudgil, party vice-president Ramvir Bhatti, general secretary Chandrasekhar and former councillor Satinder Singh are also in the race.
Sources said both MP Kirron Kher and incumbent president Sanjay Tandon had given their blessings to Sood. Besides, he was also in the good books of national party working president JP Nadda and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
At present, Tandon has already completed 10 years, which is a record of sorts for any BJP president in the country. According to the BJP, after two terms of three years, new president has to take over, but it was an exception in the case of Tandon, who was one of the top contenders for the MP ticket from Chandigarh in 2014 and 2019. He is expected to be shifted to the BJP’s national team.
“We cannot comment on who will be the party president as the final decision will be made by the Central leadership. Though Sood’s name is doing the rounds, anything can happen at the last moment in the party,” BJP leaders said.
Arun Sood filed nomination for the post of city party chief today. The nominations can be filed till January 16, a day before elections.

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