New Delhi: With pre-poll surveys predicting a BJP victory in the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi, the party, reportedly, is already mulling on names of candidates who can take over as the next chief minister of the state.
Sources told Zee Media, Monday, that Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is fast emerging as the frontrunner for CM's post if BJP wins power in Delhi.
While it's not yet clear whether she is inclined to be shift to Delhi state politcs but there are many factors that can work in her favour if such a situation arose.
The BJP leadership's line of thought on the matter appears to have been influenced by the findings of its own internal survey on the expectations of the people of Delhi from the next government.
Of the over 1.30 crore electorate in the city state, over 58 per cent are women – the party feels they may be inclined to vote for the BJP if they see the possibility of a woman taking over as CM.
The growing incidences of rape and the general sense of insecurity faced by women in the national capital is also a factor that will have a bearing when women go out to vote on February 7.
The survey also found that 56% of women and 58% of youth are inclined towards the BJP and may vote for it in the upcoming polls.
At 38, Smriti Irani is young and may be able to have a better connect with the youth and understand their aspirations, the party feels, as per the sources. And, her being a Delhiite, is surely an added advantage.
While some leaders in the party's state unit may be left disappointed if she is named as the party's choice but given the projection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as BJP's poll mascot, there is little they can do to than murmur in protest.
Also, the single biggest factor working in favour of Irani is her being in the good books of PM Modi. During Lok Sabha poll campaign he had referred to her as his sister and later followed it up by ensuring that she got a berth in the union cabinet despite her loss to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.
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