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Water, power to be BJP?s poll issues

For the upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi, the BJP would focus on power, water shortage and corruption among senior officials, BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan said.

india Updated: May 14, 2003 14:01 IST

In his new role as the party’s poll in-charge, BJP general-secretary Pramod Mahajan during his first pre-poll campaign on Tuesday stressed on three issues that the BJP would focus on for the upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi; power, water shortage and corruption among senior officials.

During a rally in the city, speculations ended about the party's chief ministerial candidate as senior party leaders announced that Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana was still the man for the top post and would lead the party in the polls due in six months.

In a rally that virtually launched the party's pre-poll activities, Mahajan shared the stage with Khurana and other Delhi MPs including Union minister Vijay Goel, Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Anita Arya.

Stressing on a recent survey that put BJP as the favourite to win in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, Mahajan said that in the upcoming polls in Mizoram too, the party would make an entry into the Assembly as winners.

Both Mahajan and Khurana stressed that the key issues in the polls for all four states would be power, water shortage as well as corruption in high places. Mahajan pointed put that under the Congress rule, barring Mizoram there was no adequate drinking water or a single day of uninterrupted power supply in the four states going in for polls. The party was committed to take up these public interest issues.

As head of the newly constituted committee - sungharsh (struggle), Malhotra said that in the coming weeks the BJP would reach out to the people of Delhi to enlighten them on two major points. Firstly, the failures and non-performance of the Sheila Dixit government and secondly, the "all pervasive corruption" that has taken root during the Congress rule starting at the highest levels.

Tuesday's press meet of the BJP leaders' assumed significance as it marked the entry of Mahajan into the Delhi political scene.

First Published: May 14, 2003 14:01 IST