Updated: July 14, 2021 8:18:19 am
The BJP has started conducting surveys and brainstorming sessions for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, set to take place next year. Over 10 meetings have been held between the top leadership, block leaders and national general secretary Dilip Saikia.
The BJP faces three terms or 15 years of anti-incumbency. The AAP, which despite winning three assembly polls in a row has not managed to do as well in municipal polls, has been upping the ante against the BJP over the past several months.
Senior leaders privy to discussions said it was deliberated that BJP should put its best foot forward in MCD polls and ask senior state leaders and office-bearers to contest.
In the last assembly polls, the BJP had not given tickets to even a single sitting councillor, most of whom were facing strong anti-incumbency. The decision worked, and the party won all three municipal corporations — South, North and East.
Office-bearers largely refrain from contesting councillor polls as they aspire for assembly elections.
Senior leaders present in the meetings included state president Adesh Gupta, Lok Sabha MPs Harsh Vardhan, Manoj Tiwari, Ramesh Bidhuri, Gautam Gambhir, Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, MLAs and mayors.
These meetings were conducted in a span of three days in the last week.
“It has been put forth that the party should put its best foot forward and leaders who have been holding posts in the organisation for years should seek mandate from the people. The party is facing three-term anti-incumbency so it was suggested to Saikia ji that leaders who have or claim to have support on the ground should prove it by fighting the upcoming MCD polls,” a party leader said.
The example of ministers being asked to fight assembly polls in West Bengal was also given, the leader added.
There were also discussions around some names in the state unit, including general secretaries Kuljeet Chehal, Harsh Malhotra, Rajan Tiwari, vice-president Ashok Goyal, spokespersons Harish Khurana and Tajinder Bagga, sources said.
General secretary of Delhi BJP Harsh Malhotra said the meetings were held to discuss organisational matters, and the upcoming corporation polls were a part of it. “We have conveyed to our party leaders and cadre that we are in election mode in Delhi. We will be going to the people and telling them how the AAP government has cheated them on fronts like clean water and pure air,” Malhotra said.
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