Dehradun, December 29
Saddled with a long list of probable candidates for the post of Uttarakhand BJP President and consensus not in sight, the party may go in for the election, party leader Thawar Chand Singh Gehlot has said.

At the end of the marathon session held today by state in charge and general secretery (BJP central unit) Thawar Chand Gehlot, leaders comprising former Cabinet minister Trivender Singh Rawat, MLA from Chaubatakhal Teerath Singh Rawat, Mohan Singh Rawat Gaunawasi, Naresh Bansal and general secretary, Uttarakhand BJP, Dhan Singh Rawat seemed to have forged ahead in the race.
“I will hold a discussion with central leaders in New Delhi on the issue and if no consensus emerges, we will hold the election in the first week of January. We will be deliberating on the issue once again. We have to zero in on a leader who would be able to take the party to victory in the 2014 general election,” said Gehlot.
However, out of the five names, Teerath Singh Rawat seemed to have garnered support of both former Chief Ministers BC Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. “By virtue of his non-controversial image, Teerath Singh Rawat has emerged as the front-runner. Though his proximity with Khanduri is well known, he has managed to garner support from Nishank,” said a senior BJP leader.
However, party sources say former Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, too, is exerting all his might to convey his choice of candidate and is solidly behind Trivender Singh Rawat.
The 2014 elections are crucial for the BJP. After winning the Tehri parliamentary seat, the party is hopeful of exploiting the anti-UPA sentiment prevailing in the state. 

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