BJP Candidate List announced on 17 January has named 57 candidates out of the 70 constituencies of Delhi. No decision has yet been made for the remaining 13 seats of the Assembly. However, it is speculated that the majority of these remaining seats would be distributed to its Delhi Election 2020 allies. This Includes Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Badal’s Shiromani Akali Dal, and Dushyant Chautala’s JJP.
The Bihar Assembly polls will be held somewhere at the end of this year. The defeat in many state elections has now put BJP in number two position for the Bihar election. In a bid to please JDU, BJP may give two seats of the Delhi Assembly Election 2020. Talks about the same are in the final stage, however, it is possible that the two seats might be Burari and Sangam Vihar constituencies. The motive of this for BJP is to get JDU to agree on a 50-50 seat-sharing formula for Bihar Assembly Election 2020. Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will campaign in the capital for these seats.
The Bharatiya Janata Party was in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal for the Delhi Assembly Election 2015. SAD had fought on four seats in the last election. Harmeet Singh had contested from Kalkaji and Jitender Pal from Shahdara. Also, Manjinder Singh Sira went for polls from Rajouri Garden and Avtar Singh from Harinagar. BJP has not named any candidate for these four seats in the BJP Candidate List released on Friday. Suggesting that the Akali Dal may once again get to contest from 4 constituencies. However, SAD is pushing for six seats in the Delhi Election 2020.
JJP supremo Dushyant Chautala is a bit disappointed with BJP for not sharing any seat in the first Delhi Candidate List. He has been a kingmaker in Haryana when Bharatiya Janata Party fell short of Majority. This ally is turning a headache for BJP since JJP was demanding 12 seats for the Delhi Election 2020. This is nowhere possible now since there are only 13 seats remaining. JJP has also threatened to field its own candidates if BJP doesn’t allot a fair number of seats. On the contrary, the saffron party does not want to give more than two seats.
JJP going solo may damage BJP’s vote share since JJannayak Janata Party has an influence on jaat voters. Coming days would shed a light on how the equation turns out between BJP and JJP.