Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Amit Shah is set to appoint a national leader to take charge of the upcoming Delhi elections.
Sources in the party said the names of Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Union Health Minister J P Nadda are doing the rounds for the post. BJP in-charge of Haryana elections, Kailash Vijayvargiya — now an MP from Madhya Pradesh — is also being considered.
The announcement is expected to be made soon, sources said. One of the leaders will replace Union Minister Nitin Gadkari — who was incharge for Delhi in the last polls.
Sources said the lack of leadership in the party has led the top brass to take this decision.
Sources also said as Shah is overseeing other states, he wants someone to take charge of Delhi. “We are aware that Shah is strategising for the party unit in Delhi. With our government at the Centre, we cannot afford to lose Delhi as it will deflate the Modi wave. This is the main reason for choosing a strong leader who will take charge of Delhi,” a senior leader said.
The top leadership has also decided to involve MPs from every state in the campaigning. Sources said campaigning would be done during the Parliament’s winter session when all the MPs are present in Delhi.
Union Minister Choudhary Birender Singh will be in charge of all jaat villages in Delhi while Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu will address voters who belong to Andhra Pradesh. MPs from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will cover the localities with a majority of Purvanchalis.
However, many leaders believe that it will be difficult for the MPs to devote time to Delhi, when the winter session is on.
Meanwhile, the Delhi unit has started charting out localities on the basis of population so that they can be allotted to the respective MPs.