With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) raising the pitch in the capital, the BJP has sprung into action to prepare for fresh Delhi Assembly polls.
The process began with senior leader Nitin Gadkari hosting a high tea at his residence on Friday evening for party leaders. While leaders said the high tea was to thank workers for their “hard work” during the Lok Sabha elections, sources said the meeting did have a political agenda.
Another meeting of BJP MLAs, candidates who lost in Assembly polls and party district presidents has been called at the BJP headquarters on Saturday morning. Asked about the meeting, Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan said it was a routine one. However, senior leaders believe that the meeting would be crucial since fresh Delhi polls are likely.
Apart from deciding on the celebrations for the swearing-in ceremony of PM-designate Narendra Modi on Monday, Saturday’s meeting is likely to look into details of who will guide the party in Delhi if fresh elections are held.
“The issues of a chief ministerial candidate and Delhi unit chief are crucial, considering that we have only a few months to prepare for polls. We have to keep in mind that the AAP came in second in almost all Assembly segments in the Lok Sabha polls. We need to prepare a strategy and ensure that the party is not marred by infighting,” a senior leader said.
Meanwhile, the party has begun preparations to celebrate Modi’s swearing-in on Monday. Festivities have been planned in Chandni Chowk where Harsh Vardhan will be felicitated. “Chandni Chowk will be illuminated from the bazaar to Red Fort and Lahori Gate. A large LED screen will be set up at Town Hall Chowk to let people watch Modi being sworn in as Prime Minister,” Delhi BJP media cell co-convener Praveen Shankar Kapoor said.