Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decided to put its campaign for Delhi assembly polls 2015 in top gear by fielding several of its frontline leaders and targeting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal with five questions, an exercise which will last till February 5, the last day of electioneering.
Among the five questions posed by BJP to Kejriwal are why he took Congress support to form government last year ater having promised not to do so and had also sworn by his children and why he did not fulfil his promise of instituting a case against former CM Sheila Dikshit and not make public documents pertaining to alleged corruption by her.
He has also been asked why he took Z-plus security as CM and why he ordered for SUVs for his entire ministry after forming his government while touting himself as a common man who moved in a Maruti car, besides why he was using private jets and travelled in business class while travelling within the country and abroad garnering party funds.
Party chief Amit Shah held a meeting to review its preparedness with a number of Union Ministers.
BJP has roped in around 20 Union Ministers and 120 MPs from across the country who will address around 250 meetings to woo different sections of society in Delhi.
Sources said it has also entrusted the responsibility of around five constituencies to each of the 14 Union Ministers and senior party leaders, besides making middle-rung leaders incharge of each constituency to ensure that the workers come out in large numbers in taking the party campaign forward.
“Around 1.24 lakh panna prabharis have been appointed who will be incharge of each page of the voter list in Delhi and party workers from 13 states have come in to mobilise the party’s cadres in its attempt to reach out to voters,”a senior BJP leader told PTI.
It has also been decided to come out with a vision document for the national capital instead of the usual manifesto.
Asked if BJP is “worried” of AAP and that is why the entire party force has been mobilized, Union Minister and senior party leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said “it is part of the usual poll process. Fortunately, BJP has Union Ministers, MPs and MLAs who are primarily party members. If they don’t have all this, we cannot be held answerable.”
The chairing of today’s meeting by the BJP chief himself at the party’s Delhi office is viewed by many as a move to mobilise its cadres at the grassroots as also its workers and leaders in Delhi, who apparently are “not at ease” to take Kiran Bedi as the Chief Ministerial candidate.
Bedi, who has been speaking out her mind openly so far, is not speaking since yesterday and cited her “sore throat” as the reason of her turning ‘silent’.
BJP leaders, however, say the party is comfortable and claimed will win the Delhi polls. They add that it is routine to field its senior leadership for campaigning and there is “no need to worry”.
“No election can be taken lightly. To garner votes, all have to go out to campaign. It is not that we are scared of AAP,” said a senior party leader.
BJP has decided to field all its frontline leaders to take its campaign to its next level in its bid to counter AAP.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is also visiting the party’s Delhi office since yesterday and spending time there, strategising the party’s campaign and meeting leaders daily, though the party said it is normal for him to be there as he belongs to Delhi.
Asked about BJP’s strategy change, Rudy said the party is not feeling any pressure.
Attacking Kejriwal, the Union Minister alleged “a person in Delhi who wants to lead them has been surrounded by lies and has been befooling people wearing a mask of lies.”
“BJP is an option which is best today. We have a government headed by Narendra Modi, we have a partnership in Delhi. Delhi deserves the best of government because it is the national capital. BJP is the best option which the people of Delhi have realised and I am sure they will vote for us,” he said.
“What is most important for us today is giving a good government. We want to give the best of government in Delhi to meet the aspirations of its people,” Rudy said.
BJP also launched its theme song for Delhi assembly polls.