New Delhi, Jan 30 (GCCurrentAffairs) In the run up to the February 8 Delhi polls, the BJP has intensified its campaign fielding a battery of its top leaders including Union Ministers and state Chief Ministers.
After Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur, party’s hardliner leader and their UP counterpart Yogi Aditynath will join in the campaign starting February 1, Saturday.
Party sources have already stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address his maiden election rally in East Delhi on February 3.
On Wednesday night addressing a party meeting in Shastri Nagar, Mr Rupani made a strong case for people to vote for BJP to ensure development in the national capital.
“In the entire Asia, the Sabarmati river has become the cleanest river which was ensured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prominent leaders like Japanese PM (Shinzo Abe) and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu have visited the riverfront,” he said adding the US President Donald Trump will also come (to India) in February visit the riverfront.
Of course, there has been no official announcement of Mr Trump’s visit to India even as sources said diplomatic channels from both sides are in discussions to finalise the dates.
In the meantime, the saffron party’s campaign is being generally anchored by party’s newly elected national president J P Nadda and his immediate predecessor and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Both these leaders are addressing multiple rallies in the city on daily basis during last few days.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, also a former party chief, too has been campaigning.
Another former BJP national president Nitin Gadkari too would start campaigning for the party candidates.
Union Minister Smriti Irani also addressed a meeting on Wednesday.
“People of Delhi are fed up with falsehood from AAP leaders and have made up their mind to vote for BJP this time,” Ms Irani has said in a Twitter missive after addressing an election meeting at Shastri Nagar under the Sadar Bazar assembly constituency.
The Lotus party is out of power in Delhi since 1998 and is making desperate attempt this time to unseat Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP dispensation.
There is a triangular contest between BJP, AAP and Congress even as it is generally understood that the contest is essentially between the saffron outfit and the party led by the incumbent chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.