TRYING TO cash in on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s popularity, BJP mayoral candidate Dinesh Sharma is busy garnering support by pledging to fulfill former Prime Minister’s dreams.
The BJP candidate is contesting civic elections for the first time.
Dinesh, Ph D holder, ventures out of his house as early as 6 am to reach out to people in parks and on coffee tables.
“That’s the right time to catch people,” he feels and adds that one gets registered in one’s minds. Hoping a support from the youth brigade across party lines, he visited Lucknow University and met the representatives of the Employees’ Union of the LU and also the students’ representatives on Tuesday.
However, senior BJP leaders, including Lalji Tandon, were conspicuous by their absence.
A section of BJP men attributed the absence of Tandon to internal bickering over distribution of tickets for the mayoral candidate. “No. There was no dispute on ticket issue in the party,” says Lalji Tandon.
As regards his absence from the campaign, he says that he is very much into it, and is present wherever he is required to. “I am there is sabhas, and party meetings,” he says and adds that he would not accompany a candidate in door-to-door meeting.
The main emphasis during the campaign, says Tandon is the law and order problem. “There have been kidnappings, killings, rapes in the city, no person is safe,” he rues and adds that there are many other issues, including the unfinished projects of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that are being taken up during campaigning. On duplication of symbols to candidates contesting for seat of corporators in the LMC, the senior BJP leader says these were small mistakes and are bound to happen whenever two or three candidates wish to contest.
As part of campaign, Dinesh Sharma spends time with the lawyers along with his supporters. He also addressed a gathering of lawyers on the occasion. “In a day I cover about 6 to 7 wards,” he says and claims that he is getting a good response to his candidature.