The celebration of Lord Ram’s life attracts thousands of Delhiites to the Ramlila Maidan and its smaller cousins across the national Capital. That it is a huge opportunity to connect with the masses is anybody’s guess.
Political parties in Delhi are planning to cash in on this close-to-two-weeks celebration by conducting their campaigns and rallies for the upcoming assembly elections at the Ramlila ground.
According to sources, the Delhi BJP is in touch with a number of Ramlila committees in the city in a bid to seek their support for the election.
Sources said this is because of the varied audience that visits the Ramlila Maidan and other Ramlila performances across the city.
“We have to look for different avenues to convey the message during our election campaign. The Ramlila Maidan becomes a hotbed of activity during the month of October and the days preceding Diwali. Since it usually draws a captive audience, we think it’s best to campaign there as well,” said a senior BJP leader.
The Delhi BJP had set in motion a process of decentralisation in order to ensure that there is a tie-up with these committees at the district level as well.
“We had sought the support of the Ramlila Ground committees and have received a very positive response,” the leader added.
Ramlila committee members admitted to having received requests from parties.
“Whether we allow them to use our stage or not is a decision that will be taken in a meeting on Sunday,” said Arun Gupta, vice president, Luv-Kush Ramlila Committee.