In a move that may surprise any, the Delhi BJP has today appointed Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga as spokesperson for the party. In 2011, he had attacked lawyer and social activist Prashant Bhushan over a statement he had made on Kashmir. After the attack, he had tweeted, “He try to break my nation, i try to break his head (sic).” At the time, Bagga was a member of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena. Same year in In May, he along with three others were arrested for disrupting an event to launch author Arundhati Roy’s book. Bagga, who describes himself as a “#SwayamSewak” on the social media site Twitter, has around 2 lakh followers on the microblogging website.
After the BJP made him the spokesperson, he tweeted: “Thanks @narendramodi ji, @AmitShah ji & @ManojTiwariMP ji for having faith in me & giving me the opportunity to be Spokesperson of BJP Delhi.”
Manwhile yesterday, The election to three municipal corporations of Delhi been announced, which will be held on April 22. The poll panel has started sending requisitions to various departments of Central and state governments including civic bodies to spare their employees for the same.
The BJP has 163 councillors in the three civic bodies, namely North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). These bodies constitute 272 seats, with NDMC and SDMC accounting for 104 seats each, while 64 seats fall under EDMC. The counting of votes will take place on April 25, 2017.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also written to the Election Commission not to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and rather conduct the polling through ballot system. This comes following allegations from few politicians that the EVMs could be tampered with.