The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) officially sounded the bugle for the coming assembly elections in Delhi at a party workers’ meet at the Talkatora stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
But it was Sheila Dikshit who dominated the meeting more than the BJP leaders in the form of the visuals that were played out at the venue.
The BJP, going all out to target Dikshit, had especially created audio-video visuals for the campaign. But it was the chief minister’s images that dominated the presentation. Even the songs had ‘Sheila’ figuring in the lyrics several times.
Taking a dig at the government, the BJP leaders said while the chief minister had been making tall claims of transforming the city into Paris or Switzerland, it had not even been able to fix the drainage problem in the past 15 years.
The speakers said Narendra Modi, on whose birthday the campaign was launched, was their role model for development. Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu termed Modi as the 3D man: standing for development, dynamism and decisiveness.
Speaking on local problems, Nitin Gadkari, in charge of Delhi polls, said: “The only industry that has been flourishing is that of diesel generators, invertors and candles. While inverters are used by families during power failures, those who can’t afford it are using candles. We will promote solar energy,” he said.
“Delhi is the capital but we get contaminated water,” said senior BJP leader Harshvardhan.
Riding high on the success of the recent Delhi University Students’ Union elections and last year’s civic elections, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel asked all the workers to go door-to-door and publicise the party report titled ‘Ghar Ghar Bhajapa’.
The report covers all issues pertaining to the government and highlights the party’s agenda.
The infighting issue cropped up with Gadkari warning that only honest candidates would be given a poll ticket.
“While there are only 70 seats, there are more than 1,200 people vying for them. Once candidates are selected, you must support them. Those who don’t get a ticket should get upset,” said Gadkari.