Riding high on its victory in municipal elections in Mumbai, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday maintained that it will win the municipal election if party workers remain disciplined and united. The polls will be held in April.
BJP leader LK Advani said that issues of corruption, spiralling prices and black money are harassing the common man and the BJP will benefit from his dissatisfaction.
Advani was addressing a gathering of BJP workers in Ramlila Maidan during the ‘Karyakarta Sammelan’. The meet was organised by the Delhi BJP to lift the morale of its workers before the polls. While the focus remained the municipal elections, the leaders also asked party workers to keep struggling so that the 2013 assembly polls also go in BJP’s favour.
“Polls in the Capital influence the political mood in remaining parts of the country, so be prepared. At present, the mood is in our (BJP) favour,” said Arun Jaitley, a top rung BJP leader.
Workers were asked to take oaths that they will continue to work for the BJP even if a hopeful does not get a ticket to contest polls. Often, many workers indulge in anti-party activities when denied a ticket and desist people from voting for the chosen candidate.
Apart from Advani and Jaitley, also present on the occasion were Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu, Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly VK Malhotra, national general secretary Vijay Goel and Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta.
The party leadership also claimed that it was hopeful of retaining power in Uttarakhand and of winning elections in Punjab.
In her address, Swaraj too reiterated that the party workers needed to keep themselves prepared for Assembly polls of 2013 and the General elections of 2014, apart from the upcoming MCD elections. She also praised the workers for their enthusiasm in turning up in such huge numbers.
“If we follow discipline and have better management, we will certainly win elections. We will retain power in Uttarakhand and form government in Punjab too. The BJP will wrest Goa from Congress and we will do well in UP. We will win Delhi’s municipal polls as well,” she said.