New Delhi: With the Election Commission sounding the poll bugle in Delhi, the BJP top brass met in the national capital on Monday to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections.
The meeting which reportedly went on till late night, was called by party president Amit Shah who asked his men to focus on polling booths and reach out to voters, PTI reported.
The top brass of the BJP also discussed strategies for polls and sought suggestions from leaders on ways to maximise the party's electoral performance.
Probable candidates were also discussed and deliberations were held on fielding all its sitting MLAs, as per PTI.
As per media reports, the BJP will hold a meeting of its Central Election Committee within the next two to three days.
Some of the candidates may be finalised then.
The filing of nominations for the elections will start on Wednesday.
The voting for the polls is on February 07 and the counting will be done on February 10 for the 70-member Delhi Assembly.
The notification for the polls will be issued by the Lt Governor on January 14 while the last date for filing nominations is January 21. The date of scrutiny is January 22, while candidates can withdraw from the electoral battle by January 24.
Addressing a press conference here, the full Commission comprising Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi, said 1.30 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise to elect a new Assembly.
President's Rule was imposed in the national capital on February 15 last year with Congress-backed Aam Aadmi Party quitting the government over the issue of Jan Lokpal Bill in 49 days.
The then CM of Delhi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal had been criticised by certain sections for leaving the people of Delhi in a lurch.
However, the upcoming elections is being touted as a direct contest between the BJP and AAP, with the Congress not being given much of a chance by the experts.
In his first rally for the Delhi polls on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken on Kejriwal for calling himself an anarchist and asked the AAP to go to the jungles if they did not believe in the rule of law.
While the AAP has projected Kejriwal as the CM candidate, the BJP has not named anyone for the same.
In last Assembly polls in Delhi in 2013 December, BJP had bagged 31 seats in addition to one by its ally SAD, falling short of a simple majority. AAP had won in 28 seats, followed by eight of Congress.
Meanwhile, welcoming the announcement of Delhi Assembly elections, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, "We welcome the poll announcement. We are confident of a government with majority as such a government is necessary in Delhi that can move in tandem with the Centre and ensure good governance and all-round development of Delhi."
Sharma said the party wants to see a government that can provide good governance and is corruption-free to ensure that Delhi becomes one of the best cities across the world.
With PTI inputs