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Cong’s Poorvanchal punch

He has always portrayed himself as the common man, especially in the unauthorised colonies that form his support base in the Capital. It has helped him become the Congress’s Delhi mascot for the Poorvanchali votebank, Avishek Dastidar reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2009 00:57 IST
Avishek Dastidar

He has always portrayed himself as the common man, especially in the unauthorised colonies that form his support base in the Capital. It has helped him become the Congress’s Delhi mascot for the Poorvanchali votebank.

But now things are different for this three-time MLA as he has to appeal to a larger audience of a Lok Sabha seat. And that’s why Mishra is now talking about issues like recession and development.

“Recession may have hit the West, but India remained largely unaffected because of Manmohan Singh’s farsighted policies,” he said. Development is the catchword in his campaign.

From civil nuclear energy augmenting power production to Commonwealth Games related projects, Mishra is touching upon them all.

“The Sheila Dikshit government has developed the city so much for the Games. Now, it would only be natural to elect a Congress government at the Centre so that the major projects go on smoothly here,” he said, adding, “The Congress has created jobs and through policies, protected jobs as well,” he said.

Known as the Lalu Yadav of Delhi — for his Bihari roots and his hairstyle, which is similar to that of the RJD leader — Mishra is going through his toughest political battle yet.

On the one hand he is up against a BJP heavyweight and, on the other hand, he has to win back supporters of another Congress MLA from West Delhi who too was vying for the Lok Sabha ticket.

He is using the names of the Gandhis generously as well. “The youth looks up to Rahul Gandhi and wants to align with his party or a candidate of his party,” he said. But this does not mean local issues are not his priority. “Water, power and civic amenities in rural areas are on my agenda as I was member of the DDA for the last 10 years,” he said.