PM's schedule worries Delhi team

Leaders of the Delhi BJP are worried over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s possible unavailability for campaign due to his pre-occupation during US president Barack Obama’s India visit on Republic Day and Britain visit.

The BJP leaders want one Modi rally in each of the seven parliamentary constituencies ahead of the Assembly polls and party sources.

To make this happen they have hinted to the central government that the elections should be held at a time when the Prime Minister’s rallies conclude.

“Modi is the star campaigner and the party’s face in the coming elections. We want polls at a time which gives him enough time to campaign in the city,” said a senior BJP leader.

“We would not want Assembly polls in the first week of February, if Modi cannot devote full time to the Delhi campaign in days before balloting,” he said.

Sources in Delhi BJP have also started talking of a possibility of elections now being held in mid-February so that the Prime Minister gets enough time to campaign across the city.

“The final poll dates will have to be decided by the Election Commission, in consultation with the home ministry, but we have informed our party’s central leaders to try and accommodate in Modi’s rallies before the voting day”, said another party insider.

The first Modi rally in the city is planned for January 10 at Ram Lila Maidan. Soon after Obama’s visit, Modi is likely to leave for Britain and return in the first week of February.     
“Ideally, the central government and the Election Commission would want to complete the election process before February 17 from when the President’s rule was imposed in the city,” he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party has posted messages on the social media claiming that the Assembly elections are likely to be held in April.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said the party was ready to face any challenge whenever the elections are held.

“We are focused at getting a majority. The dates of the elections do not matter,” he said.

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