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Delhi polls: BJP likely to name few candidates by Diwali

Diwali may come a few days early for several BJP leaders hopeful of being named as its candidates for the Assembly elections as the party plans to release its first list of contestants next week.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2013 01:18 IST
Neelam Pandey

Diwali may come a few days early for several BJP leaders hopeful of being named as its candidates for the Assembly elections as the party plans to release its first list of contestants next week.

The BJP’s pick for chief minister, Harsh Vardhan, said on Saturday that the state unit’s election committee meeting was likely to be held either on Monday or Tuesday and few names would probably be announced before the festival of lights on November 3.

Senior BJP leaders said the move was to break the deadlock among several leaders over the party’s choice of the chief minister which has affected campaigning in most parts of Delhi.

“The election committee will meet on Monday or Tuesday and names will be sent to the central election committee for their approval,” said Vardhan, who for the first time visited Delhi BJP’s Pandit Pant Marg office on Saturday after being named the chief ministerial candidate.

According to sources, the BJP is plans to announce the names of 30 candidates, including some sitting MLAs.

Vardhan emphasised that the party would give greater representation to women and young candidates. “I can’t comment on the percentage but I say that our party will give greater representation to women and the youth,” he said.

The BJP has requested that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi speak at rallies. He earlier held a rally on September 29 in Rohini’s Japanese Park.

“He will visit Delhi before the elections but the dates are still being worked out. Our workers have requested him but being the prime ministerial candidate, he is quite busy holding rallies in other states,” Vardhan said.

When asked whether the Election Commission was being stricter with the political parties, especially the BJP, Vardhan said he welcomed strictness and reforms if they were applied without any bias. “As far as campaigning is concerned, the upper limit of `14 lakh is good enough for me as I can manage even with Rs. 5 lakh. People don’t get swayed by posters and banners but by work done by us,” he said.

He, however, criticised the poll panel for not publicising clear rules and regulations, which is leading to increase in the number of complaints.

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