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BJP discusses challenge by AAP at its core committee meeting

india Updated: Sep 21, 2013 01:32 IST
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), it seems, is raising the hackles of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

During its core committee meeting on Friday, BJP leaders discussed and expressed concern over the stiff challenge the rookie party is posing.

Sources said the issue of declaring the name of the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly elections was also raised at the meeting chaired by Delhi poll incharge Nitin Gadkari.

“A number of senior BJP leader pointed out that AAP had either gone ahead of the BJP or is on the same pedestal simply because it has a face the people can identify with. Also, they (AAP) have already declared their candidates so people know whom they are voting for. We too need to have a face before we go to polls,” said a senior BJP leader.

Political rivals have finally responded to Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign, in which he asked for votes for his honesty and called several other leaders ‘Beimaan’ (Dishonest). Sunil Saxena/ HT Photo

Sources said Gadkari has told party workers that they can meet him personally and suggest a name for the CM’s post.

Party members also said there is bound to be conflict in the minds of voters as both the parties have a similar agenda.

“We need to ensure that people know that the BJP is the only alternative and the main opposition party. We need to put forward our vision for the city so that people know what exactly we will do if voted to power,” added the leader.

Another prime focus was BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally.

“The meeting was held to discuss the preparedness of the rally and to make it a big success,” said Vijay Goel, Delhi BJP president.