With Arvind Kejriwal putting in his resignation as the Delhi chief minister, the Delhi BJP has decided to gear up for re-elections, making public their intention to take on the Aam Aadmi Party in every Assembly constituency.
Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung had proposed President’s rule in the capital on Saturday, a day after Kejriwal resigned over lack of support for his Jan Lokpal Bill.
One of the strategies to be followed by the Delhi BJP while preparing for re-poll is to take the AAP MLAs to task for the various decisions taken by the AAP government during its 48-day tenure.
“BJP cadres will seek replies from all 28 AAP MLAs over their betrayal of the people of Delhi. The seven-week rule of AAP in Delhi is the most unforgettable period. Development came to a standstill and anarchy prevailed,” Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel said, reiterating decisions taken during BJP’s Working Committee Meet.
During the meeting, attended by all BJP MLAs, other suggestions on how best to tackle the Lok Sabha polls too were put forward. “We suggest that party should name the local candidate with wide a acceptance to win the Lok Sabha polls. With AAP having a strong base in Delhi, it would be difficult for us to win the elections by majority,” a senior MLAs said.
However, the party appeared divided over how soon the Delhi re-elections should be held.
While senior BJP leaders believe that re-elections should be clubbed with or held after the Lok Sabha polls so that party’s Delhi unit can reap the benefits of the Modi wave, Goel is of a different view. He, in fact, announced on Sunday that Delhi re-polls should be held as soon as possible.
Further, at the Working Committee Meet, Goel also hinted at a change of guard in the Delhi unit.
A senior BJP leader said, “The central leadership should take a decision and end the confusion over Delhi unit chief. Party members do not know whose orders to follow. There are two power centres in the Delhi BJP unit. The sooner the decision is taken, the better it will be for the party.”