Delhi polls: BJP shortlists over 1400 candidates

Delhi polls: BJP shortlists over 1400 candidates

The process to file nominations will get underway on January 14. The votes will be counted on February 11

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks during a press conference, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (PTI Photo)

The election committee of the Delhi BJP in its meeting on Saturday, shortlisted more than 1400 names as probable candidates for the 70 Assembly seats in the national capital that will go to polls on February 8.

The meeting held in the evening went on for several hours to screen the names of ticket aspirants, said a member of the election committee.

"On an average, 15-25 names have been received from each constituency... More than 1400 names have been shortlisted," he said.

Another member of the committee said further screening of the names will be done in the next meeting of the panel, and the list will then be sent to the party high command which will announce the finalised names.

Union minister and BJP in-charge of Delhi polls Prakash Javadekar said the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) is like a family which operates in a democratic manner.

"There are 50 prominent BJP workers in every assembly constituency, that means in 70 assembly constituencies we have almost 3500 workers who have suggested the name of their favourite candidate, now after considering all those names, candidates will be selected for the Delhi Assembly elections," he said in a statement.

The BJP will get full majority in the assembly election and after a long time it will come to power in Delhi, he added.

The BJP has been out of power in Delhi since 1998. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the 2015 Assembly elections and the saffron party could manage to win just three seats.

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