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BJP aiming for a 7-0 win in Delhi Lok Sabha polls: Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan took charge as president of the  BJP’s Delhi unit on Thursday. (Praveen Khanna) Harsh Vardhan took charge as president of the BJP’s Delhi unit on Thursday. (Praveen Khanna)
Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Posted: February 21, 2014 3:20 am

A day after he was appointed Delhi BJP chief, Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said his focus was to wrest all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi from the Congress.

Speaking to Newsline, Harsh Vardhan said strategy evolution to win the forthcoming elections will be done in earnest.

“We will decide on the strategy with our MLAs and councillors, apart from senior leaders,” he said.

The new Delhi BJP chief is planning a series of strategy meetings with senior party leaders, MLAs, councillors and RSS functionaries.

The first of these meetings will begin on Friday, sources close to Harsh Vardhan said.

Sources said there was an urgency to organise the meetings since the Lok Sabha polls are less than two months away and the party needed to finalise its candidates at the earliest.

The step is being seen as an attempt to involve all sections of the party in the campaigning process, a fact that was missing during the tenure of former Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel.

Harsh Vardhan, however, refuted rumours that there were differences within the party.

He said the party would aim to achieve the best possible result in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections by “ensuring a 7-0 win”.

Harsh Vardhan, who is known to be close to the RSS, wants the active participation of the RSS in the campaigning process with its cadres taking up door-to-door campaigning ahead of LS elections, sources said.

Such door-to-door canvassing by the RSS was missing during the campaigning ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls in December last year. This has been seen a one of the reasons for the party not securing adequate number of seats.

Harsh Vardhan said the party will also launch a print, electronic and social media strategy to counter the AAP’s “misinformation campaign”.

He said the AAP was not a serious threat to the BJP. “The AAP has been engaging in doublespeak. They have lied to the people of Delhi and have not fulfilled any promises made to them,” he said.

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