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BJP central leadership takes over Delhi polls

New Delhi: With US president Barack Obama visit over, the central BJP leadership is now concentrating on party�s Delhi Assembly polls strategy, drafting senior Union ministers to micromanage campaigning at constituency level. The party is in keen direct contest with the Aam Admi Party. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been asked to look after campaign which is now in its crucial phase with just 10 days remaining for February 7 polling. On Wednesday afternoon, Jaitley turned up for a brief period at party�s state office on Pandit Pant Marg and had interaction with leaders before returning to join the Cabinet meeting. He will sit in the party�s Delhi office for about two hours daily to fine tune electioneering that, party leaders feel, has lost the focus due to factionalism. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too has been tasked to be at the Delhi party office to articulate the Modi government�s achievements and position before the media so that it reaches out to educated electorates of the national capital. Central ministers will also be fielded for the press briefing. A senior Cabinet minister, drafted for the campaigning, said that the party for the first time wished that the Congress was in a stronger position. He explained that if the Congress does well then it would be at the cost of the AAP and indirectly would benefit the BJP. When asked if the BJP was nervous given deployment of central leadership for the state polls, Nirmala Sitaraman said, "It's part of the BJP's political strategy and warfare to help the state unit. Once you near the deadline there are many things you need to do. Party workers work with a lot of intentions and emotions and its to important to take everyone along". Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Oman Abdullah had a different take on it. �11 central ministers & 17 MPs to take on @ArvindKejriwal. It's obviously not the walkover for the BJP we've been lead to believe,� Abdullah tweeted. PTI

Updated : 29 Jan 2015 6:50 AM GMT
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