BJP sources said leaders have been told that AAP had “falsely created a perception” that the BJP-ruled MCDs are responsible for sealing “even though it has been done on orders of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee”.
The JD(U) and Shiv Sena, which fought the MCD elections in 2017, will however not be fielding any candidate this time round, since both are allies of the BJP and hope to instead focus on organisation building in the capital.
The Congress will make a formal announcement in the next two days. “Sushil is keen on fighting from West Delhi but the party’s calculation says it would be better if he is fielded from South Delhi,” a senior leader said.
A senior Congress leader said former DPCC chief Ajay Maken could be the party’s candidate from New Delhi; Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk; Jai Prakash Agarwal from North East; and Raj Kumar Chauhan from North West.
Asked whether a section of the Delhi BJP unit could see it as an intrusion, Goel says, “I think I am complementing their work. If I would be intruding, the seniors would have pulled me up, but that never happened.”
Alleging that around one lakh students who failed were not re-admitted to Delhi government schools, Union Minister Vijay Goel Friday said he will conduct a "reality check" of schools to "expose the false claims" of the Aam Aadmi Party.
A senior leader said that in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP state unit has been forming several poll committees — for public campaign, party manifesto, poll management, media coordination, publicity and road shows.
Party sources said the Delhi BJP has not given senior officials of the corporations any major responsibilities and that their role will be limited to campaigning. “The idea is that if the MCDs are not up to mark, it should not affect other elections...,” a leader said.
A senior party leader said that during feedback sessions conducted by leaders such as Jai Bhan Pawaiya and Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, most office-bearers said there is anti-incumbency against the MPs but not against PM Modi.