Congress seems completely intent on winning back the Sikh vote in Delhi — alienated after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address an election rally in West Delhi on May 3. Delhi votes for the Lok Sabha polls on May 7.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi will kickstart the poll campaign by Congress biggies in the city on April 29 with a rally at Ramlila Grounds. Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi will address voters at a location in either Northeast or East Delhi constituency on May 5.
“We are trying to arrange the location in a way so that Rahul Gandhi can reach out to voters in both East and West Delhi constituencies,” said a source.
While Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep Dikshit is the East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate, Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Aggarwal is the candidate from Northeast Delhi. Dwarka MLA and CM loyalist Mahabal Mishra is the West Delhi candidate.
“Although the location has not been decided yet, the party leadership is keen that the PM speak in West Delhi. The party seems keen to underscore the fact that it is serious about getting Sikhs back on board, and that cancelling the tickets of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler was not a one-off step,” said a party source.
West Delhi has a good concentration of Punjabis and Sikhs and is considered a Bharatiya Janata Party stronghold — the only Lok Sabha seat where the BJP appears to have a clear upper hand.