As Delhi Assembly election draws closer, the two rivals of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party -- Congress and BJP -- have announced their list of star campaigners.
The BJP released a long list of 40 star campaigners on Wednesday which includes big guns like PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, J.P.Nadda, Yogi Adityanath and even some actor-turned-politicians like Sunny Deol and Hema Malini.
In 2015 assemgly polls, the saffron party managed to win only three seats. However, this time, with several union ministers, chief ministers in the list of star campaigners, the BJP intends to wrest the power from the AAP.
BJP releases a list of party's star campaigners for #DelhiElections. Hema Malini, Sunny Deol, Hans Raj Hans, Gautam Gambhir, Ravi Kishan and Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua' in the list, besides PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda among others. pic.twitter.com/oE9DPzMZeC— ANI (@ANI) January 22, 2020
While the 40 star campaigners will garner support for the BJP for the next 20 days, the party is yet to announce its CM candidate.
In fact, the party has pitted a first-timer, Sunil Yadav, against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had wrested the seat from Sheila Diskhit in 2013.
The BJP has also planned to hold around 5,000 small meetings with attendance of 200-300 people during the election campaign.
The BJP lost power in Delhi Assembly in 1998. After facing three consecutive defeats at the hand of the Congress, it was routed by the AAP in 2015 polls.
Meanwhile, Congress also released its list of star campaigners which includes Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh. The Congress' campaign will also see Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been off the news for sometime, garnering support for the party.
Delhi, which has 70 seats, is scheduled to go to polls on February 8. The counting of votes will take place on February 11.