New Delhi: A slight twist in the progress of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) advent into Uttar Pradesh occurred on Tuesday when one of its frontrunners in the race, Varun Gandhi, excused himself from showing up for an important meeting.

The MPs dinner, hosted by BJP UP president Keshav Maurya, will be attended by BJP president Amit Shah. Within speculations that BJP might discuss their chief ministerial face for the state of Uttar Pradesh, Varun Gandhi’s absence questions the party’s enthusiasm with the Sultanpur constituency holder.

But the dilemma for the BJP is that they cannot resort to nitpicking at a crucial stage before the Uttar Pradesh polls, and Varun Gandhi’s popularity in the state and his reluctance to directly attack the Congress presents a conundrum for the BJP.