Traffic, transport and areas bordering Uttar Pradesh tops the Samajwadi Party's agenda for the coming municipal elections. Releasing its manifesto on Monday, the party promised to reduce the number of traffic lights in Delhi and improve the transport sector.
Riding high on the success of Uttar Pradesh elections, the team that led to Akhilesh Yadav to a massive victory has now been sent to Delhi to chalk out a victory strategy for the party.
The team will focus on specific areas of southeast, east and north Delhi — bordering Uttar Pradesh — such as Mayur Vihar, Pandav Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Ghazipur, Jaitpur, Sarita Vihar, Kalkaji, Modi Mill Industrial area, Anand Vihar, etc.The team includes ministers and office-bearers who landed in the city on Monday. According to party members, Akhilesh Yadav has been taking a keen interest in the upcoming MCD elections and wants the party to grab a sizeable number of seats and improve its vote bank.
The Samajwadi Party is contesting on 158 seats in Delhi. In the last MCD elections, the party had contested 58 seats.
"Bhaiyaji (Akhilesh Yadav) was very keen on strengthening our position in Delhi after a historical victory in the UP Assembly elections. Large parts of the city are on the UP border and hence we are confident of doing well in those pockets,” said Sanjay Singh, secretary of Samajwadi Party, Delhi Pradesh.
“The team that managed the UP elections and developed strategies has been sent to Delhi to work on MCD elections. These include cabinet ministers, state ministers and office bearers,” he added.
Sources said the UP chief minister is being constantly updated about the elections.
The manifesto says the party wants to give a third alternative to Delhi residents who have been choosing between the BJP and Congress so far.
"Every ward needs a different strategy and has different demands. Our core team has been working on that depending on the population of the area, and the geographical details of the area," said Usha Yadav, president of Samajwadi Party's Delhi unit.