Leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party seem to be dealing with an internal struggle to tap into the slums of New Delhi for political causes, Indian Express reported. Two of the biggest rivals in this context are reported to be the Delhi chief of the Bhartiya Janata Party, Manoj Tiwari and the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel. Their rivalry over the control of slums seems to have brewed some discomfort within the party, Indian Express reported. The report stated that both the leaders, in a recent executive meeting of the BJP had admitted to a rift between them but had claimed that it had been caused due to a misunderstanding and had been cleared. The Indian Express sources, however, claim that this might not be entirely the case.
On Friday, the Sports Minister was leading the event of the ‘slum yuva daud’ to mark the start of the ‘adopt a slum’ campaign. This campaign has been initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan. According to reports, around about 5,000 youngsters from several slums of New Delhi had participated in the event. To grace the occasion and provide inspiration to the participants, Boxer Mary Kom was also present, alongside MP Bhupender Yadav. However, it was noticed that Tiwari had been completely absent from the event despite his face being featured in the posters, alongside Goel.
Goel’s announcement of programmes has been met wit not so warm responses from the Delhi unit of the BJP. One of the senior leaders spoke about the alleged rift and was quoted in the report saying, “The differences between the two leaders — prompted by Goel’s decisions to announce programmes for Delhi and Tiwari’s response — have not gone unseen by the central leadership. While people may ascribe different motives to Goel for organising the programmes, no one can stop any leader from taking initiatives for the deprived”.