NEW DELHI : For over two decades now, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not been able to come to power in the national capital despite performing well in municipal elections and the Lok Sabha polls.

Even as BJP has managed to increase its tally to 12 seats and vote share to 39%, which is considerably higher as compared to 2015 assembly polls when the national ruling party had won 3 seats with a 32% vote share, it is unable to solve leadership issues.

In the last 7 years, since the advent of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP tried solving the leadership riddle by first choosing union minister Harsh Vardhan as the chief ministerial face in 2013 and then cop-turned politician Kiran Bedi in 2015 assembly polls. This time BJP chose not to announce a CM candidate for Delhi elections while the leadership of the party unit was largely in the hands of Bhojpuri actor-turned politician Manoj Tiwari.

The repeated setbacks in the assembly elections indicate that the party needs to change its strategy. “BJP has at least 5-6 chief ministerial aspirants. The aspiration or ambition is not wrong but these leaders need to convert it to a win for BJP," said a senior BJP leader involved in election campaign.

Senior leaders point out that going by consistent voter base of the party, BJP’s vote share does not fluctuate much as compared to AAP and Congress.

"AAP was on the third position in Lok Sabha elections but this time it is the leading party. There is too much fluctuation of voter base. BJP was the number one party in Lok Sabha but now it is on second position," the BJP leader added.

BJP leaders also believe that Delhi election has become a two-cornered contest between AAP and BJP with little impact of Congress in the assembly polls.

"We were expecting that it will be a three-cornered contest between BJP, AAP and Congress going by the Lok Sabha polls but it became a contest between BJP and AAP," the BJP leader said.

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