New Delhi, 12 December
As uncertainty over government formation continues and the likelihood of fresh elections looms large, the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party bagging 32 of the 70 seats in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly election, it has asked its municipal councillors to launch a door-to-door campaign.
According to East Delhi BJP councillors, following an in-house scrutiny of the party’s showing in the 4 December elections, BJP leaders have asked the party’s municipal councillors to adopt the Aam Aadmi Party’s strategy and campaign door-to-door.
"Man-to-man campaign of the AAP was quite a hit during this election, so the party (BJP) is also considering following the same regimen in a bid to garner more votes if there is a re-election," said an east Delhi councillor. He said, "The party has also comprehended that it slipped up by not taking the AAP into cognizance, and has now decided to view it seriously. If Delhi has to face a second round of elections after some months, the battle will be between BJP and the AAP, with the Congress entirely out of the picture."
Though the BJP too had launched a door-to-door campaign ahead of the 4 December election, the councillor revealed that many party councillors were despondent over the ticket distribution and some of them withdrew from campaigning for the party. He said this time round the BJP has instructed councillors to take active part in all election campaigns.
BJP sources said the new MLAs are worried at the prospect of re-election. "In case of re-election, they fear losing their seats," said a source.
Four BJP councillors won the Assembly election. Several more councillors are in the race and in the event of another election, there will be a mad scramble for tickets, sources said.