STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 30 October
There is likely to be a delay in announcing the first list of BJP candidates for the 4 December Delhi Assembly election. Though the party’s CM candidate Dr Harsh Vardhan had said the list will be finalised after the state election committee meeting on 31 October and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had said it would be announced before Diwali, it now looks like it will take another week for the names to be finalised.
The Delhi BJP has already missed two deadlines for announcing the list, first on 15 September and then on 7 October.
The party’s excuse for the delay the first time round was that they were busy preparing for the Vikas rally of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Mr Narendra Modi. However, sources said infighting over seats has also contributed to the delay.
The BJP has unofficially directed its sure-shot candidates~ most sitting MLAs and a few senior leaders ~ to start working harder in their constituencies, putting paid to the party’s decision to select candidates through a secret ballot process.
The BJP had appointed 14 observers, two in each constituency, to shortlist three most eligible candidates and put their names in a ballot box which was to be opened by the BJP leader in charge of Delhi, Mr Nitin Gadkari.
Now nobody knows why the procedure was dumped or whether it is still being followed.