Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta is a relieved man. After facing a stiff rebellion from his party’s ranks over ticket distribution, Gupta has made a statement in the party’s win in the Delhi civic polls. He talked to HT after his party’s victory. Excerpts:
What are the reasons behind BJP's win?
The issue of price rise and rampant corruption in the state government made people choose BJP that promises change. Voters also feel that the Congress CM has become arrogant and there is a lot of maladministration. The Congress has been embroiled in several scams. This (the poll results) is a referendum on the party.
Do you see yourself as the next chief ministerial candidate?
That is for the party to decide. As a humble member of the party, my job is to keep working hard.
How was East Delhi won, considering it was a Congress bastion?
Though most of the development work during CWG was done in east Delhi, people still voted in our favour. It is because issues of corruption and price rise are not national issues as some people have been saying. Even leaders such as Sandeep Dikshit and JP Agarwal could not save their stronghold.
In 2007, BJP won MCD but lost in assembly elections. What are your expectations this time?
The Congress is scared of the outcome of the 2013 assembly elections, as was evident from the campaign by the big guns of the party. I have been on the streets of Delhi campaigning and I have found that most people are dissatisfied with the Congress. This should work in our favour.