Manoj Tiwari, the new president of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit, seems to be man with a plan. He understands the gigantic task ahead of him and is ready to hit the ground running.
Soon after taking charge on Wednesday, the actor-turned-politician said he will visit every constituency in Delhi and interact with the people. He said he will take forward the mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi against black money and corruption.
In this regard, he told HT in an interview, he will ask all BJP councillors in Delhi to submit their bank account statements for the duration between November 8 and December 31.
Q. You have taken over the party at a time when it is going to face a crucial election. What will be your priorities as Delhi BJP chief?
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has duped people of Delhi. They made a lot of promises before the assembly elections. But chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has disappeared. In the next 10 days, I will go from door-to-door in all assembly constituencies with a list of promises made by Kejriwal. I will ask people how many of those promises the AAP government fulfilled to expose their false claims.
Q. Civic services in the city are in a mess. Allegations of aiding illegal constructions and rampant corruption are rampant against the municipal corporations. Your party is ruling the civic bodies for the past 10 years. What is your view of the problem?
I visited slum clusters and illegal colonies during MCD bypolls. I am aware of the sufferings of the people living there. It is unfortunate that the AAP has used them as their vote bank but did not make any efforts for their development. We will make sure that the middle-class and lower-middle class residents are ensured of all civic amenities. At the same time, we will have to see that the corporations improve their financial health.
We will make Delhi a dream city. With regard charges of corruption, I admit that there are some deficiencies. I will say that all of them are not dishonest. Fight against corruption has begun with demonetisation. No one will be spared. I will ask all councillors to submit their bank transaction details of the duration between November 8 and December 31.
Q. As the party’s state unit chief, how do you propose to end factionalism?
We will sit together and discuss issues. We will decide how are we going to move forward. I believe in working together. I think we will certainly find better solutions if we will move together. BJP is a strong organisation. It possesses strength to conquer challenges.
Q. Do you feel pressure?
No, not at all. I will try to justify the faith reposed in me by the national party president Amit Shahji. I will work honestly for the betterment of Delhi. My aim will be ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Dilli Ullas’. I will win hearts of the people of Delhi.
Q. You are on good terms with AAP minister Kapil Mishra. Do you also plan to reach out to AAP to implement your plans for development?
I have good relations with a lot of people. It is not about any particular person. I believe in performance. I am committed to my constituency, hence I take every possible step for their betterment.