AAP, Cong, BJP back to drawing room for possible 'mini-election'

AAP, Cong, BJP back to drawing room for possible 'mini-election'

With Delhi all set for a "mini-election" following the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs, the Opposition parties- the Congress and the BJP - have started preparations to "face the people".  

Top leaders of the AAP held a series of meetings, including one where  party chief and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the 20 MLAs facing action, to formulate strategies to offset any negative impact on the party.

A senior AAP leader said they would mount a political and legal counteroffensive.

While the AAP will take the matter to higher judiciary, sources said they will amplify the "arbitrariness" in the decision by the Election Commission and politically place the decision by targeting retiring Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti.

Playing the victim card:

The AAP is expected to play the "victim card" to the hilt and paint the decision as dictated by the Modi-led central government.

In parallel, the AAP will also mount campaigns in constituencies of the affected MLAs by popularising their work as well as that of the government's.

Kejriwal and other top strategists in the AAP also would have to be wary of rebels, some of them dubbed as "sleeper cells" with allegiance to Kumar Vishwas and Kapil Mishra, and keep them under check.

Once President Ram Nath Kovind puts his signature on the order, some leaders also apprehend the possibility of some rebel MLAs, in touch with Vishwas and Mishra, putting in their papers and further squeezing the party.

Efforts are also on to plug such loopholes, sources said.

The AAP is well aware that a bypoll to 20 seats, if the higher courts does not provide any relief, would be considered a referendum on the three years of its rule in the capital and could have an  impact on the Lok Sabha elections next year.

However, the Congress and BJP are upbeat at the developing political scene as they feel   that the AAP's dream run will have an abrupt end.

Leaders in both the parties have held a series of meetings and in the process of chalking out their respective strategies.

Like the AAP, the Congress and BJP are also moving fast to identify potential candidates for these 20 constituencies and launch its campaign.

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