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Delhi polls: Goel, Vardhan will campaign together to show BJP unity

india Updated: Nov 17, 2013 23:57 IST
Neelam Pandey
Vijay Goel

In a bid to present a united face before the people, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to get its chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan and its Delhi unit president Vijay Goel to campaign together in all the Assembly constituencies.

The party had earlier planned that only Harsh Vardhan would campaign in all the constituencies, sources said.

After the first candidate list was declared, the party had to face several rounds of protests from rejected ticket-seekers, making it tread more cautiously now.

The party, sources said, did not want to upset state president Vijay Goel days before the elections and hence asked both him and Vardhan to campaign in all the 70 constituencies.

“Apart from star campaigners, Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel will visit all the constituencies. In most such campaigns they will go together, but there may be a few instances when they visit a constituency separately. The idea is to campaign and cover the entire city before the elections,” said a senior BJP leader.

According to party sources, even after the announcement of Harsh Vardhan as the chief ministerial candidate, the party was eager to have Goel on board.

“The party had changed its publicity material completely and Vardhan was made the face of the campaign along with Modi. A number of senior leaders had expressed their displeasure at this. Soon after that, the publicity committee had come up with new posters that had photographs of Goel and leader of Opposition VK Malhotra. The main issue was to ensure there was no scope for in-fighting at this stage,” added another senior leader.

Vijay Goel and Vardhan, who earlier used to hold press conferences separately, have started meeting the media together.

“Harsh Vardhan and I will visit all the constituencies together and look at the problems faced by people there,” Goel had said recently.

The Congress has criticised BJP’s in-fighting and said its leaders only wanted to grab power.