Ti­wari woos Poor­van­chali vot­ers in city

AAP read­ies white pa­pers on Rafale, CBI

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New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Aam Aadmi Party is plan­ning to bring out white pa­pers on the Rafale deal and the al­leged mis­use of CBI by the gov­ern­ment. AAP has al­leged that the Modi gov­ern­ment de­stroyed in­sti­tu­tions and democ­racy in the last five years.

“The BJP gov­ern­ment has been ex­posed... PM Modi used all his might to re­move CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma who was to probe the ex­tremely in­flated cost of the Rafale deal... If the PM had done no wrong, what was the prob­lem in let­ting the probe go on? What was the fear?” AAP spokesper­son Sau­rabh Bharad­waj said.

Com­ment­ing on PM’s re­marks dur­ing BJP’s two-day na­tional coun­cil meet, he said: “True to the char­ac­ter of BJP, PM Modi chose to spread lies ahead of the 2019 polls.”

Bharad­waj added: “It’s a joke that the PM is talk­ing about hav­ing been tar­geted by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre when he was the CM of Gu­jarat... He’s try­ing to gain sym­pa­thy by stat­ing that he was ques­tioned for nine hours. The Modi gov­ern­ment has left no stone un­turned in tar­get­ing its po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents through bla­tant mis­use of cen­tral agen­cies.”

The white pa­pers will in­clude a chap­ter on the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tion to dis­qual­ify 20 AAP MLAs in the of­fice-of-profit case. “EC lost its im­par­tial­ity dur­ing the last five years...its po­lit­i­cally loaded and ill-ad­vised opin­ion rec­om­mend­ing the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of 20 MLAs was struck down by HC. There will be a sep­a­rate white paper on this,” he said. New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha elec­tion draw­ing near, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari is leav­ing no stone un­turned in reach­ing out to Poor­van­chali vot­ers who play a cru­cial role in de­cid­ing the fate of po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

To woo this elec­torate, Ti­wari or­gan­ised a feast of dahi-chura, one of the main com­po­nents of Makar Sankranti fes­tiv­i­ties, and litti-chokha, a pop­u­lar dish among Poor­van­chalis, at his res­i­dence on Sun­day. Union min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han also at­tended the Makar Sankranti func­tion and ex­plained the health ben­e­fits of the dishes.

The pop­u­la­tion of Poor­van­chali vot­ers is sig­nif­i­cant in east, north­east, south and west Lok Sabha seats. Though most of the Poor­van­chali-dom­i­nated assem­bly con­stituen­cies are cur­rently with AAP, all seven Lok Sabha seats are in BJP’s fold. North­west Delhi MP Udit Raj also held a litti-chokha party on Sun­day to reach out to those Poor­van­chalis who voted him to power in 2014.

Ex­tend­ing greet­ings to Del­hi­ites on Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pon­gal, Ti­wari said: “In the BJP na­tional coun­cil meet­ing, we learnt that the Gen­eral Elec­tion will be a fight be­tween ide­olo­gies. For their per­sonal gain, some lead­ers are try­ing to form a weak gov­ern­ment. But we will form a strong gov­ern­ment that will al­ways work for the bet­ter­ment of peo­ple.”

With Ti­wari be­ing a pop­u­lar face, Delhi BJP be­lieves he man­aged to win their votes in the 2017 mu­nic­i­pal polls. On Makar Sankranti, Ti­wari is plan­ning a ma­jor out­reach pro­gramme.

Yo­gesh Ku­mar

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