BJP national president and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the party’s Delhi MLAs on Sunday, fuelling speculations that the party was gearing up for fresh Assembly elections. Singh is understood to have assured them that a new president would be appointed for the Delhi BJP soon and that the MLAs now should focus on reaching out to the common man.
The direction came after the MLAs sought the Home Minister’s views on the political as well as the law and order situation in Delhi. The meeting lasted nearly 30 minutes. Some MLAs expressed fears that late announcement of the new Delhi unit chief could hurt the party’s prospects in the polls.
“Some MLAs raised the issue of how the Delhi unit had become leaderless and how it was hurting the BJP as the AAP was aggressively pressing with people-contact programmes. The Union Home Minister assured that he would to look into the issue. We believe Delhi will go to polls sooner rather than later,” a party MLA said.
The MLAs also asked Singh to revive the thana committees. The committees were set up to improve communication between people, civic agencies and police to sort out local law and order problems. The committees include women representatives, RWA members, politicians, NGOs, SHOs, SDMs and principals of prominent girls’ schools and colleges.
“We all asked for thana committee meetings. Singh assured that these committees would be revived soon and that he would direct the Lt-Governor for the same,” another MLA, who attended the meeting, said.