The Election Commission’s decision to conduct polls in Delhi on December 4 has brought smiles to the faces of Congress and BJP leaders. Senior party leaders accepted that it has given them more time to select candidates, prepare manifestos and finalise their poll strategy.
Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party had delayed the process of short-listing candidates due to the ‘Shardh’ period, considered inauspicious for starting new things. While the party leaders earlier feared that their candidates will get very little time to move around their constituencies and connect with the electorate, they agreed that 60-days time from the date of announcement of elections gives them enough time to finalise the candidates and let them start canvassing in their areas.
“We were till now busy in our government work and activities. It naturally gives us more time to concentrate on our elections,” chief minister Sheila Dikshit told Hindustan Times. She added that it was level playing field and all parties now get more time to prepare for the final day.
Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel agreed that late elections will give more time to the candidates to prepare he added that his party has been in the party mode for several months now and has been campaigning very effectively. “As party, we have already publicised the issues on which we are contesting the election and the message has reached the electorate too,” Goel said.
It is only the Aam Aadmi Party which has already declared its candidates on most of the constituencies and its door to door campaigning is on. “It is the election commission’s prerogative to decide the dates. But the public perception is already there,” AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia said.