Among the three major political parties in the fray campaigning for the Delhi assembly election and its result, the BJP is relying once again on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver the polls for the party. State sources revealed that the state BJP demanded 10 rallies of the prime minister, but has got the green signal for only three rallies.
Preparing to beat the once formidable AAP in the election, Delhi BJP will carry out extensive campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections. It will hold 5,000 large and small public meetings in Delhi. Chief ministers of various BJP-ruled states, union ministers and Bhojpuri stars will address the gatherings.
After the phase of nominations is over, the entire national executive team of BJP in Delhi will start campaigning. BJP will hold three to four rallies every day in each of Delhi’s 70 constituencies. The central leadership of the BJP has given instructions to mobilise 200 people in every small rally.
If sources are to be believed, the top 100 leaders of the BJP, including many senior cabinet ministers, are expected to be part of the election campaign. Sources say the party has decided to field from union ministers and ministers from the BJP-ruled states for campaigning in the Delhi election. According to the state BJP leaders, there will be a proper roster of 100 leaders, who would have to attend three to four such small rallies or public meetings.
However, the BJP’s first priority will be to hold maximum public meetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the 2015 assembly election, the AAP had created history by winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi, while the BJP had won only three seats. The INC did not get any seat. On 7 February, voting was held in all 70 assembly seats in a single phase. The results were announced on 10 February, three days after voting.
This year, Delhi votes on 8 February. Results will be known on 11 February. The last date for filing nomination papers for the Delhi assembly election is 21 January while the nomination papers will be checked for authenticity and validity on 22 January. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is 24 January. Delhi has 70 assembly seats out of which 58 are in general category while 12 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes.
While the AAP has lost some sheen since its hoary days after inception, as seen in the MCD poll and last year’s Lok Sabha election in the seven seats of Delhi, it is no pushover. In the campaign for this assembly election, it was the first off the block while its competitors are now trying to catch up. Let alone have a chief ministerial candidate, the BJP and INC have not even decided who from the respective parties will challenge Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his New Delhi assembly seat.