A million-plus and still growing strong.
In Uttarakhand, where the BJP had failed to open its account during the last general elections and later lost the state to the Congress due to infighting, is expected to field three former chief minis
The BJP, desperate to get rid of the “communal” tag that is keeping away possible allies, said Tuesday it is willing to “apologise if it had made any mistake in the past”, in an apparent reference to
The BJP’s top brass wants to keep Raj Thackeray in good humour as the saffron party is trying to reach an understanding with Mr Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over some key Lok Sabha seats to ensure that there is no division of votes. BJP poll managers are of the view that they cannot remain passive to the MNS despite strong opposition by ally Shiv Sena, which shares its core cadre with the MNS.
The BJP-Shiv Sena-led Mahayuti (grand alliance) in Maharashtra on Sunday virtually declared Sharad Pawar-led NCP as its main target in the coming electoral battle.
The BJP is considering the name of former diplomat Hardeep Puri for fielding in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Puri, who joined the saffron fold recently, might contest from New Delhi parliamentary constituency from where the party had fielded its current state unit chief, Mr Vijay Goel, in the last general election.
The so-called “NaMo wave” has hit the BJP hard in its attempt to select candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. Thinking that a BJP ticket is going to be the passage to Parliament, the saffron party is virtually overwhelmed by what they say is “a deluge of applications from ticket-seekers”.
Upbeat over the “grand alliance” it has formed in the state for the coming Lok Sabha elections and confident of significantly increasing its tally in the electorally crucial Maharashtra, the BJP is intending to repeat most of its sitting MPs. Among the new names in the list of saffron party candidates are former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, who is expected to contest from Nagpur.
After “disco king” Bappi Lahiri, the BJP is also trying to rope in action heroes of Bollywood to lure the electorates ahead of the coming general polls. The saffron party is trying to rope in Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol and Ajay Devgn to campaign for the party in the coming general elections.
Sulking BJP pariarch L.K. Advani just might get his way. RSS joint-general secretary Suresh Soni is expected to be relieved of his duty of liasoning between the Sangh and the BJP. Mr Advani had been complaining to the RSS of Mr Soni’s “meddling into BJP’s internal affairs”.