Welcoming the announcement of Delhi Assembly elections, top BJP leaders on Monday got into a huddle to formulate strategies for the February 7 polls in which it is locked in a direct fight with AAP.
AAP spokesperson Raghva Chadha said Kejriwal will take oath as the chief minister on February 14 (Valentine Day) at the Ram Lila Maidan after securing majority.
“We are sure of getting a majority. The AAP is contesting election on a positive campaign and has a blue print for Delhi.
“On February 14, Arvind Kejriwal will be Delhi’s Valentine and he will take oath as the chief minister,” Chadha said.
BJP President Amit Shah held a meeting with top party leaders from Delhi late in the evening to evolve the party’s strategies for the polls.
The party expressed confidence that its victory march would continue in the national capital and it would form the next government in Delhi which can move in tandem with the Centre to ensure all-round development.
BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, “We welcome the poll announcement. We are confident of a government with majority as such a government is necessary in Delhi that can move in tandem with the Centre and ensure good governance and all-round development of Delhi.”
The Congress, meanwhile, asserted it will not have any truck with Arvind Kejriwal-led party as it attacked him along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “U-turns” on promises.
“The question does not arise,” AICC general secretary Ajay Maken said when referred to comments by Dikshit, former Delhi Chief Minister, last week in which she kept open the option of support to AAP.
“If we had to support AAP, then the need for election (in Delhi) would not have arisen. Congress and AAP could have continued in government,” Maken added, referring to the coalition government the two parties ran briefy before Kejriwal resigned on February 14 last year.
In last Assembly polls in Delhi in 2013 December, BJP had bagged 31 seats in addition to one by its ally SAD, falling short of a simple majority in the 70-member House. AAP had won in 28 seats, followed by eight of Congress.