No CM face, BJP to swear by Brand Modi

  • Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 23:39 IST

As Delhi heads for fresh polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party will go by its tried-and-tested formula — going faceless in the assembly elections, sources said.

The strategy worked for the party in the recently concluded polls in Haryana and Maharashtra, boosting the confidence of its Delhi leaders.

Moreover, there’s still no consensus on the party’s chief ministerial candidate.

So, the majority view in the party is that they should swear by Brand Modi and highlight the work done by the Centre once the elections are announced.

There has been a flurry of activity in the BJP camp since Sunday with the party holding several meetings with the state functionaries and Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay on the issue of government formation. The dominant view was to avoid any manipulation.

“Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has been lying to the people of Delhi and accusing us of horse-trading. From the beginning, we had maintained that we will not indulge in manipulation and we informed the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) about our party’s stand,” said Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP chief.

“The fact that we had not staked a claim to form the government helped us in the Lok Sabha elections. Our image would have taken a hit had we decided to form the government now. The Modi wave was apparent in the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections and it will help us in Delhi too,” said a senior BJP leader.

Sources in the BJP further said that the party will use the social media to highlight the “high moral ground” it has taken compared to the “power hungry AAP” that formed the government with Congress support.

“It is clear that the party wants to go for elections. But most leaders believe that the elections should be held in February and shouldn’t coincide with those in Jharkhand and J&K,” said a senior BJP leader.

Sources in the BJP said the party expected to do well in the coming assembly elections in the two states and senior leaders are confident that the momentum will see it through in the Capital too.

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