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BJP has its own army of stars to campaign

delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2008 23:48 IST
BJP has its own army of stars to campaign

The popular television soap

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi

might have gone off air, but the serial’s main protagonist ‘Tulsi’ aka Smriti Mishra Irani will have lot of work on hand to keep her busy this month.

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to rope in Irani, who is also a party worker, to campaign in Delhi for the coming Assembly elections.

It’s not only Tulsi. Some big names in Bollywood who also happen to be BJP MPs like Hema Malini, Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna will hit the campaign trail in the Capital this month. Even former cricketer and party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu will join the campaign.

“We will not bring any film stars from outside to campaign for us. There are lot of in-house stars in the party who will be asked to campaign for the candidates,” said senior leader and party’s chief ministerial candidate V.K. Malhotra.

He added, “Also our political stars at the national level, including L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi, would be actively involved in campaigning for the party candidates. With all of them around, do we need any other stars?”

With the party announcing the list of candidates from 69 out of 70 Assembly seats, the BJP is has finally got into the campaign mode.

“We have called a meeting of all our 69 candidates who have been given tickets. Many of them are old timers who know the drill but the new comers will be told on how to go about the campaign drill, what issues to focus on, etc. Our objective is to defeat the Congress,” said Delhi BJP president Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

Meanwhile, the party admitted on Thursday that a section of party workers are agitated over the distribution of tickets. “Their anger is understandable. But there was not much we could have done. For every seat there were up to over 45 ticket seekers. It is not that candidates who have not been given tickets are less deserving but then we cannot accommodate all of them. I think those who finally made it to the ticket list are more lucky,” said Harsh Vardhan.

BJP leaders also publicly apologised for not fielding more women candidates in the fray this time.