His idea of relaxation is making his brain work. So Vijay Goel, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from New Delhi constituency, played Solitaire — his favourite game —on his laptop on the eve of the polls.
Confident of a win, Goel spent Wednesday organising his workers in poll management teams. He also visited different areas of the constituency to have a direct interaction with the party workers. “I am fighting this election on the basis of my clean image and I am confident of winning by a huge margin,” he said.
Though this is the first time Goel is fighting from the New Delhi constituency — he has earlier won from Sadar and Chandni Chowk constituencies — he said he is a “leader of whole Delhi” and has always agitated for public issues. “I come from a rural background myself, which has touched a sympathetic chord within the rural communities of Delhi. I have always won because of my image of a man who gets things done,” he said.
“If I can do things in a 300-year-old area like Chandni Chowk, I can do wonders in the New Delhi area,” he added.
Goel is also raking up the issue of school fee hike and said the average Delhi voter is very upset with the development. “Raised school fees, fast electricity meters, skyrocketing prices of commodities, Congress’ attitude on terrorism and increased unemployment are issues that are going to cost the government dear,” he said.
Targeting the core babu voters of the constituency, he said their government provided accommodation is poorly maintained.
“Many government employees are also upset over the anomalies in the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission,” he said. Goel said his wife, daughter and son have supported him in his campaign. “I also give the credit for the success of the campaign to my workers who have been campaigning for me tirelessly,” he said.