BJP's 'Diwali' on Modi oath-taking day

Party to illuminate 1-km-long stretch near Red Fort

The day Prime Minister-designate and BJP leader Narendra Modi takes oath would be celebrated by the party’s Delhi unit as “Diwali” by illuminating and decorating the one-kilometre stretch from Red Fort to Lahori Gate in Chandni Chowk.

Fireworks are also planned at 8 pm on Monday soon after Modi assumes office, a BJP leader said.

Apart from the decoration along the historic Chandni Chowk bazaar, the BJP also plans to put up a large LED screen at Town Hall Chowk for people to watch Modi being sworn in as the next PM.

BJP workers also plan to serve ‘NaMo tea’, a public connect exercise used by the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

On Friday, the preparations for the swearing-in ceremony dominated the talk at an informal tea party for BJP MPs, MLAs and councillors at the residence of Delhi affairs in-charge Nitin Gadkari. A brief discussion, however, was held on a possible new chief of the Delhi BJP unit.

City BJP brainstorms

The names of contenders for the next city BJP chief included councillor Satish Upadhyay, MP Parvesh Sahib Singh and legislator R P Singh, the BJP leader said.

A legislator who attended the gathering said, “Gadkari himself could not attend the meeting as he was with Modi at Gujarat Bhawan.”

Gadkari’s invitation to party leaders, including all 31 legislators and other candidates who contested the Assembly elections in December 2013, had fuelled speculation that the occasion might be used to discuss the party’s course of action related to possible fresh Assembly polls or government formation.

Janakpuri legislator Jagdish Mukhi, who attended the gathering, said, “Though three legislators of the party have entered Parliament, the party is yet to concretise its strategy for the Delhi Assembly.”

“The central leadership is yet to formally seek opinion from us. Any activity related to the Delhi Assembly is likely to take place after Modi’s oath-taking,” Mukhi said.

Another party leader said BJP was not looking to form a government with support from any other party. “If at all fresh elections are held in Delhi, the party’s line-up may be very different from the one in the December 2013 polls. You may get to see new and younger faces,” he said.

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