Several BJP councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have questioned the party’s assessment policy, based on which, tickets will be given in the upcoming municipal elections.
The party had appointed observers earlier this month to explore the popularity of the sitting councillors and prepare a list of the potential candidates. But while the observers discussed issues with other office bearers, they did not discuss it with the councillors themselves.
“For elections, it is also important to discuss issues with the sitting councillor but I was completely ignored. I was not even informed that observers were coming to my ward to assess me. I came to know about it after they had left,” said a woman councillor from east Delhi.
On February 1, Delhi BJP in a core committee meeting unanimously decided that the party will send observers to all 272 wards to assess present councillors and find suitable candidates for the elections.
On February 4, the BJP formed 14 teams of observers that consisted of senior office bearers and experienced leaders. They were told to hold meetings with office bearers of mandals along with the sitting councillor.
However, several sitting councillors have complained that they did not receive any information about the visit of party observers in their area and that there was a lack of communication. “Observers came and went from my ward but I was not informed. Unless there is more discipline in the party, winning elections will be difficult,” said a BJP councillor.
According to a Delhi BJP insider, some of the observers not only failed to communicate their visits but also put names of their personally favoured candidates in the list of potential candidates.
“Ideally, the names put up in the list have to be decided after discussions with the mandal office bearers but it has been found that the names that were not part of the discussion have also made their way in the list,” said the source.
The municipal elections will be held in April.