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Delhi polls: BJP unleashes top guns for Vardhan

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 29, 2013
First Published: 00:23 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:43 IST(29/11/2013)

The BJP, sensing the chance of an electoral victory in the Capital, has put its feet down on the pedal for the final push before the Delhi Assembly polls and has decided to rope in all its big guns for a last round of campaigning.

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The party has decided to give charge of all legislative constituencies in seven Lok Sabha segments in Delhi to its band of emerging leaders - Amit Shah, Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain - who would be responsible for giving the final push before the December 4 elections.

Apart from them, other top state leaders from Bihar such as Sushil Modi, CP Thakur, Mangal Pandey, Giriraj Singh and Nand Kishore Yadav will woo Poorvanchali voters who are estimated to be spread over 40-45 Assembly seats and have a 25-30 per cent vote share.

The party is also focusing on Uttaranchali voters in Delhi - who are spread over 42 seats and command 10-12 per cent of the vote share - by roping in leaders such as former chief ministers Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri and Nishank Pokriyal and MPs like Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to campaign on its behalf.

The Poorvanchali and Uttaranchali voter drives are being coordinated by Dharmendra Pradhan.

Senior party sources said Amit Shah would oversee election campaigning in the entire West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Likewise, Dharmendra Pradhan will handle Chandini Chowk, with Rajiv Rudy being put in charge of North-East Delhi. Shahnawaz Hussain will look after North West Delhi Assembly constituency, Trivendra Singh Rawat is charge of East and Murlidhar Rao will look after south. New Delhi is being looked after by Shyam Jaju and Radha Mohan Singh.

The main tasks listed out to these leaders is to resolve differences among party workers, dedicate resources to specific targets and bring in workers from their own constituencies for campaigning and booth management purposes.

The group of these eight mentioned leaders, who will be active in Delhi till December 4, held their first meeting at the party headquarters on Thursday.

In an effort to plug all gaps before it commences its last round of campaigning, the BJP has put in place 55 teams comprising 100 MLAs and around 15 MPs from Bihar and Eastern UP to woo the Poorvanchali voters of the Capital.

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