MCD elections 2017: BJP sets up war room, chalks out media strategy to counter Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, Congress

By: | Updated: March 30, 2017 8:20 AM

The BJP led by party chief Amit Shah wants to win MCD elections 2017.

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The BJP led by party chief Amit Shah wants to win MCD elections 2017. The party is leaving no stone unturned to gain maximum out of 272 wards. The Elections to north, east and south municipal corporations will be held on April 23. It has been learned that BJP’s Delhi unit has set up a ‘war room’. The room will be used as venue to meet cadre and finalize and fine tuning strategy, according to The Indian Express report. The room is being set up outside the office and has seven AC porta cabins for committees and central ministers. These functionaries are in-charge of the three corporations, the report said.

“With summer setting in, we need offices and rooms for people to hold meetings with cadre and chalk out the poll strategy. Covered in saffron and green cloth, the tent-like structure also has space for pedestal fans. Yet another structure has been erected for media and food,” a party official said. Rajesh Bhatia, general secretary, Delhi BJP, said, “This is just a part of the structure. Once the campaign picks up, we will have to host a lot of people. The cadre too need relief from the scorching heat,” according to The Indian Express.

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It has been learned that the election committee of BJP is examining nearly 3,000 names of applicants the for party ticket for MCD polls, and the first list of candidates is expected in next two days. Around 30,000 ticket applications were received by the party and the election committee met today at Delhi BJP office and shortlisted “serious contenders”, that number around 3000. The names will be further discussed as there are on an average 12 applicants from each of the 272 wards in three municipal corporations. The polls for 272 MCD wards are scheduled for April 23.

“The committee is in the process of selecting candidates for the upcoming MCD elections. The party will ensure selection of the candidates within the next two days,” said a Delhi BJP statement. Following discussions with the district presidents and MPs, the names of “serious candidates” were presented before the committee, it said.

A BJP source said the national leadership of the party is keeping close watch on selection of candidates and feedback of a survey conducted by the party will play “crucial role” in final selection of the candidate.

(With agency inputs)

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