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Saffron party launches campaign

The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday kick started its campaign for the upcoming LS elections by formally introducing candidates for seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi to the party workers, reports Atul Mathur.

delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2009 00:35 IST
Atul Mathur

The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday kick started its campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections by formally introducing candidates for seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi to the party workers.

BJP leaders said the candidates were so far meeting party workers and were only attending religious functions organised in their respective candidates.

The party’s East Delhi candidate Chetan Chauhan said he has so far had meetings with office bearers and workers of various zones in his constituency.

“I have visited almost all zones in my area and met their office bearers. Party workers are motivated and geared up. I will now start meeting the electorate now,” said Chauhan.

BJP’s only woman candidate from North West parliamentary constituency Meera Kanwaria said her political rallies and road shows will only start after her files her nomination. “I will now intensify my door-to-door election campaign and cover more area,” Kanwaria said.

Delhi’s only Member of Parliament in Delhi and leader of the opposition in state assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra, BJP’s national general secretary Ram Lal and former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana were also present in the monthly meeting of the party workers.

BJP general secretary Ram Lal said the party’s advertisement campaign and audio and CDs were also ready which he said will be distributed among the workers in a day or two. He added that the campaign through hoardings would also be visible on Delhi’s roads in 2-3 days. He gave party workers the slogan of ‘UPA shrinking, NDA rising’ for the upcoming elections.

BJP Delhi president Om Prakash Kohli asked the party workers to inform people about how BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is a better alternative to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which failed at all fronts.

Making a case for its prime-ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani, Malhotra said in a democratic set up only an elected member of the Parliament should be made the prime minister.

He pointed out that all prime ministers of the Congress, from Jawahar Lal Nehru to P.V. Narasimha Rao, were elected MPs. He added that Congress’ PM Candidate Manmohan Singh had once contested an election and had lost and now he did not have the courage to fight an election.

Listing out a series of national and local issues to make a case out of them for the NDA, Malhotra said the government had failed in the Centre as well as in Delhi.

Supporting Varun Gandhi’s argument that his speech was doctored, Malhotra once again advocated BJP's agenda of Uniform Civil Code.

Fast running electricity meters, rising crime graph, ‘ration on coupons’ for card holders, were some of the issues Malhotra raised in his speech.