BJP had secured a resounding victory in the recently concluded MCD polls in the national capital. Now the ruling party at the Centre is preparing the ground for the Delhi Assembly polls scheduled to be held in 2020. The party is banking big on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. On Sunday, Shah and other top-ranked party leaders had joined the slum-dwellers of Ravidas Ashram in R K Puram to listen to PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat radio programme. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, party MP Meenakshi Lekhi, party vice-president and Delhi unit in-charge Shyam Jaju, former Congress legislator Barkha Singh, who recently joined the BJP also accompanied Shah. Notably, PM Modi’s radio message was Rashtriya Shiksha, Amit Shah ke Saath. The move can be seen as a smart one to strike a chord with the inhabitants of slums and unauthorised colonies in Delhi that are considered AAP strongholds.
Apart from this, Shah visited the adjoining temple, garlanded a statue of B R Ambedkar and then left the premises.
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Notably, Similar gatherings were organised by the saffron party at various other locations in the national capital, including at Inderpuri, Rohini, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh and Chandni Chowk.
The recent victory of the BJP in the MCD polls was attributed by the party to Tiwari’s “connect” with the residents of unauthorised colonies, slums and rural areas.The BJP bagged 181 out of the 270 seats and comfortably retained control of the three municipal corporations in Delhi, dealing a severe blow to the AAP and dashing the Congress hopes of bouncing back.
Tiwari, party MP from northeast Delhi, got down to the task of wooing people from eastern UP and Bihar, categorised largely as Purvanchali, launching his night stays in slums, unauthorised colonies and semi-urban parts of the city. In a whirlwind campaign across the city, covering nearly 250 of the 270 municipal wards, Tiwari would easily switch over from Hindi to Bhojpuri and croon some lines from his hit songs endearing himself to people in areas like Kirari, Sangam Vihar, Najafgarh, Burari, Nandnagri and other areas where Purvanchali people have settled in large numbers, according to PTI report.
Tiwari, however, credited the victory of BJP to the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leadership of party chief Amit Shah and its workers.