Power tariff hike, prices emerge as big issues: BJP survey
An internal survey of the Bharatiya Janata Party has identified power crisis – shortage of electricity and a hike in tariff – price rise and corruption as major issues on which Delhiites will cast their votes in the coming Assembly elections in December.india Updated: Oct 23, 2013 12:30 IST
An internal survey of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has identified power crisis -- shortage of electricity and a hike in tariff -- price rise and corruption as major issues on which Delhiites will cast their votes in the coming Assembly elections in December.
More than 23% respondents in the BJP survey said electricity was the main issue, followed by price rise (19.3%) and corruption (15.7%), water (9.5%) and then law and order (8.7%).
The power tariff hike tops the BJP’s agenda as well. The party has promised a complete reform in the sector and a 30% cut in tariff if it is elected.
The party has been cornering the ruling Congress on these four issues. It has filed several complaints with the Lokayukta, slapping corruption charges on chief minister Sheila Dikshit and PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.
The party survey says the BJP is likely to win 39 seats and is far ahead of the ruling Congress, which may get only 17 seats. While the Aam Aadmi Party is being projected as the biggest gainers in other surveys, the BJP has projected only two seats for it.
“Our party continues to enjoy support among our traditional vote bank - Vaish, Punjabis, Sikhs, Brahmins and Jats. The Congress has a strong base among the Muslims and Scheduled castes,” a senior BJP leader said.
The survey says because of Dikshit and DPCC chief Jai Prakash Agarwal, who represent the Brahmin and Baniya community, respectively, some votes from the two communities have shifted from the BJP to the Congress.
The survey warns the party against complacency. “Though the Jat community has always supported the BJP, it voted for the Congress in the 2008 elections after the party started ignoring some of its top leaders. The party will have to convert its support base among the Punjabi leaders into votes,” the survey report suggests.
Jai Prakash Agarwal rubbished the surveys of both BJP and AAP.
“How can two parties win from the same place? This is a cheap publicity stunt. These two parties (AAP and BJP) have no vote base. People are already angry with the BJP because they hiked house tax in the corporations and AAP doesn’t have any credibility,” he said.