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Parties gear up for Delhi elections; no CM candidate for BJP, Congress, AAP to project Arvind Kejriwal

Nov 04, 2014 08:52 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The poll bugle has been sounded in Delhi which has been without an elected government for eight months. The Union cabinet on Tuesday recommended the dissolution of the Delhi assembly and all parties have geared up for fresh elections in the national capital.

The Bharatiya Janata Party held a strategy meeting for impending elections and said the party will fight elections collectively.

"Our MLAs are ready for fresh polls and we will fight under a collective leadership. We will repeat our performance of Haryana and Maharashtra. It's too early to talk about the CM candidate. The party will decide at the right time and will choose a leader through a democratic process," Delhi VJP chief Satish Upadhyay said.

But the party is coming under strong criticism from both the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who are accusing the BJP of going for polls only after realising that no MLA was up for sale.

Senior Congress leader Haroon Yusuf said, "The BJP has to answer why the elections in Delhi were repeatedly re-scheduled in last five months."

The Congress party has also not named its chief ministerial candidate.

The AAP has tried to pitch it as a direct fight between Arvind Kejriwal and senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi but the latter refused to bite the bullet.

"It's very clear that Jagdish Mukhi is BJP's CM candidate," Kejriwal said.

Mukhi on the other side said, "I am a party worker and will do whatever the party asks me to"

The Union Cabinet's decision to dissolve the Delhi Assembly came after leaders of the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress on Monday told Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung that none of the parties was in a position to form the government and they wanted fresh elections in Delhi.

Delhi has been under President's rule since February 17.

The Delhi elections in December 2013 threw up a fractured mandate, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, winning 31 seats and enjoying support of a lone Akali Dal legislator in a house of 70 members. But the BJP refused fo form the government.

The AAP came a close second with 27 seats, and formed a minority government with the Congress backing.

But the government collapsed after 49 days as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP founder-leader, resigned after failing to get a Jan Lokpal Bill passed.