Auto rickshaw drivers had played a crucial role in the spectacular win of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the last Delhi assembly elections. This time, a number of them have started displaying their allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi.
A number of auto rickshaws with posters of Bedi have been seen moving around the city.
Shailendra Sharma, co-convener of the Delhi BJP’s transport cell and member of NGO Nyayabhoomi, said they had printed 4,000 posters and 1,000 auto-rickshaws were already sporting these posters.
The tagline of the posters is: “Meri Mukhyamantri Kiran Bedi: Auto Sewa Ke acche din’ (My CM Kiran Bedi: Good days for auto rickshaws).
“I’ve already started campaigning for the party by sporting these new posters. We want Delhi to get a CM who does not believe in talking but delivering. I try to inform the passengers too about the plans of the party. The AAP has been misguiding people and we have to expose him,” said Sharma.
A number of auto rickshaws drivers have been campaigning for the saffron party BJP with the tagline of ‘Vikas bhi Imaan bhi, gareebo ka samman bhi’ (Development using honest means and respect for the poor).
There are around 85,000 autos plying in Delhi and senior BJP leaders said if they become a part of this campaign, they will be able to connect with a large number of voters.
The auto-rickshaw drivers had played a crucial role in the AAP’s win and this time the BJP has decided to involve them in electioneering. The transport cell has been asked to get in touch with auto-rickshaw unions.
“The advertisements speak about issues related to the common people. Some posters have already been pasted on autos. A number of other posters are ready. These will talk about issues related to corruption. These issues are essentially those the public can relate to,” said Sharma.