A party leader said that while they will continue pressing their demands, such as money from the Delhi government to the MCDs and implementation of central schemes in Delhi, the approach will now be less combative.
On the pavement next to the main gate of the JNU campus Thursday, several families who were evacuated from the six-storey building across the road, which had tilted, looked distressed on not being able to take their belongings.
Internally, BJP was confident the script was working — its own surveys suggested the shrill campaign would help get fence-sitters switch to its side and just days before voting, Shah himself said the party would cross 45 seats.
Much more than 70 seats are at stake in the Delhi Assembly polls that just ended. For AAP, the Feb 11 results will show if its gambit of seeking a mandate on its performance has paid off; for BJP, if Modi name, Hindutva agenda prove stronger than CAA anger.
A senior BJP leader said that Shah held meetings on most days at the party’s state office, where the day’s schedule was discussed, the poll pitch for the next day was decided, and leaders were picked to send out specific messages.
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister and BJP's Delhi election in-charge, speaks to The Indian Express on barbs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Centre’s approach towards Shaheen Bagh, and how his party hopes to counter AAP on subsidies.
Referring to protests against the CAA and proposed NRC, Adityanath said people tried to take to the streets in Uttar Pradesh too. “But I recovered money from them by making videos (of protesters allegedly damaging public property). I told them that we won’t serve you biryani like Kejriwal,” he said.
According to a senior BJP leader, until 10 days ago, the party’s main poll pitch was residents of unauthorised colonies being granted ownership rights and the AAP government refusing to roll out Ayushman Bharat in the capital.
The BJP MP also said that he will remove all mosques built on government land in his Lok Sabha constituency of West Delhi. "If our government is formed, then give me just one month after February. I will remove all the mosques built on government land in my constituency."