It seems the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is borrowing a leaf from the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) poll strategy book. After AAP volunteers have made their presence felt in Delhi in the run-up to the assembly polls, the BJP is getting volunteers who, they feel, could do the same for it. Sources in the BJP claim that members have asked the city unit to send as many volunteers as it can to Delhi to help the party there. AAP volunteers from across the country have reached Delhi and the crowd at their rallies is worrying the BJP.
Many party workers are leaving Mumbai to go to Delhi to support the BJP for the upcoming assembly elections. Confirming the same, Niranjan Shetty, chief spokesperson of the BJP said, “Yes, people from the BJP are going to Delhi, but we do go to neighbouring states to help our local unit during elections.”
On being asked whether the party leaders thought that AAP was giving BJP a tough time in Delhi and, hence, the additional manpower, Shetty said, “We consider all elections as a challenge and do every possible bit to win.”
A senior BJP leader said, “The party president learnt from Delhi that AAP has a huge number of supporters and volunteers who are working tirelessly for it, and most of them are from Mumbai and Maharashtra. After this, it was decided that people from Mumbai will go and support the BJP in Delhi.”
While most people are going by train, top leaders are taking the air route to reach the Capital. This, since they are coordinating with the leaders here and the volunteers who will go to Delhi for campaigning.
AAP volunteers from Mumbai and the state had left weeks before for Delhi. Last month, they even started a telephonic campaign, where volunteers from Mumbai called Delhi’s voters and tried convincing them to vote for their party. After Arvind Kejriwal’s rally saw a huge response — because of the crowd, he couldn’t file his nomination — the BJP realised that crowd management was important, and is now also sourcing volunteers from other states.