Taking a cue from the Aam Aadmi Party's poll tactics, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Delhi unit has also started using auto-rickshaws to run a campaign against the Delhi government.
The posters carry figures of crime against women in Delhi and seek answers to 'who is responsible for rising crime against women in Delhi'. The posters carry the BJP symbol in the top right corner.
Senior BJP leaders said the auto-rickshaw unions had expressed their desire to support and campaign for the BJP. "They are not just putting our posters but have also promised us that they will tell their passengers about the Congress' misrule and how the BJP is the best option," Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said.
Goel said the party was now focussing on law and order and would soon come out with posters about inflation and corruption.
There are more than 70,000 auto-rickshaws in Delhi and BJP leaders claim most auto unions support their party.
It was the Aam Aadmi Party that started putting up posters on auto-rickshaws and soon got into trouble with the transport department and traffic police. The authorities challaned the vehicles carrying such posters, arguing that putting up "advertisements" on auto-rickshaws was violation of permit guidelines.
The Aam Aadmi Party later moved court and got a stay on action against such vehicles.
To a query on following the AAP's tactics, Goel said modes of campaign were few and all the parties would follow the same method for electioneering.
He, however, said that unlike the Aam Aadmi Party, the BJP has avoided attacking chief minister directly. "The chief minister had a problem with a direct attack on her. We are not doing it. But the court has already stayed action against AAP posters and even we are free to do it," Goel said.