The defeat in Jharkhand exposed the BJP's great weakness. The party is currently struggling with a lack of strong leadership in state units. Lack of strong face was considered to be a major reason for the decrease in seats in Haryana and Maharashtra. In the next one and a half month assembly elections in Delhi, the party will also find a lack of strong grassroots leaders. In Delhi, BJP does not have the stature of Madanlal Khurana, Sushma Swaraj, Sahib Singh Verma or Vijay Kumar Malhotra. <! –
In such a situation, the party wants to avoid making Kejriwal versus Modi in the assembly elections in Delhi. Prime Minister Modi will be the face of the BJP in the election due to the announcement of the CM candidate in the party. BJP state president Manoj Tiwari is a well-known face but cannot win assembly elections on his own.
The BJP leadership believes that Vijay Goel is popular in some parts but not all over Delhi. The third major leader, Harsh Vardhan, is a Union minister and is almost out of state politics. This is the reason that when the state in-charge of BJP and Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced to make Manoj Tiwari the CM recently, he had to clarify his statement within four hours.
Kiran Bedi was last time
In the last election too, in this attempt not to be Modi vs Kejriwal, the BJP leadership at the last time had named Kejriwal's ally Kiran Bedi in the party and declared her as the CM candidate. Bedi herself could not win her seat and BJP got just 3 seats out of 70 in the state.
Lack of strong leadership even in Bihar
Elections are to be held in Bihar after Delhi and there is also a lack of strong leadership. Sushil Modi, who has been the face of the party for many decades in Bihar, does not have the image of a grassroots leader. The party leadership is upset with Rajiv Pratap Rudy, while Nityanand Rai and Giriraj Singh are already ministers at the Center. Given his stature, the party would hesitate to make him a contender for the post of CM.