The decision has been welcomed by many and has shocked others who thought Vijay Goel will be pitted against Congress' Sheila Dikshit and Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party in the December elections this year.
According to a report in India Today, the party wanted to go ahead in the elections with someone who had a clean image. Vijay Goel on the other hand failed to bring up the party as a strong contender in the region. Reports suggest that BJP received many complaints against Goel with respect to his image and way of functioning.
BJP chooses ENT surgeon Dr Harshvardhan as Delhi CM candidate
Goel, who was appointed as the party chief in Delhi in February this year, was not very popular within the party itself.
Harshvardhan, on the other hand is a practicing ENT specialist in the capital and has a clean image and has earned the reputation for being an effective administrator.
The official announcement and anointment of Harshvardhan will take place in the coming days.