Sending a strong message to dissidents that indiscipline will not be tolerated and they should work collectively for the party, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari asked party leaders in Delhi to work hard to make the August 11 ‘Bijli Rally’ a success.
Gadkari, who is the election in-charge of Delhi, met prominent leaders, including state president Vijay Goel, leader of opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra, former state president Vijender Gupta, former MLA Vijay Jolly and former Mayor Aarti Mehra to discuss the party’s preparedness for the rally and the assembly elections in November.
While several Delhi leaders have shown their displeasure with the working of the state leadership in the past few weeks and have even skipped meetings called by senior party leaders, Gadkari reportedly told them to put their grievances on the backburner and put a collective face at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday.
“The Delhi leaders were given a chance to speak about their issues but they were told that these will be sorted later. The first and top most priority of each leader is to mobilise the cadre and the public to reach Ramlila Maidan in big numbers and make the rally a success,” a senior leader said.
Sources said the party leadership is really worried about growing factionalism in the Delhi unit and is trying to find a solution acceptable to everyone.
With less than four months to the assembly elections, the Delhi leaders are yet to make a joint appearance in public. Sources said the leadership feels Sunday’s rally is the best opportunity to tell the public that they are together and all prepared to take on the Congress and formally launch their election campaign in the state.
“All the leaders are meeting Gadkari ji once again on late Friday evening to finalise their strategy for Sunday,” a source said.
Meanwhile, to woo Purvanchali voters, the BJP appointed RK Sinha, a leader from Bihar, as a co-incharge of the Delhi elections. Sinha is a member of the BJP National Executive from Bihar.