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BJP Brings Teams From Manipur, Mizoram To Consolidate Votes For The Delhi Municipal Elections  

A BJP Yuva Morcha Vice President, Saveio Khole, who is part of the team from Manipur said their campaign would continue on till December 1.

Representative Image of BJP rally. (Photo: File)

From union ministers to chief ministers and even state units, the Bharatiya Janata Party is going all out in putting the political weight on the Municipal corporation of Delhi elections. Interestingly, even as the Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma campaigned on November 20 for the polls, BJP State units from the North Eastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland, began their campaigns for the Capital city’s municipal elections. A BJP Yuva Morcha Vice President, Saveio Khole, who is part of the team from Manipur said their campaign would continue on till December 1.

A former Delhi University youth leader, Khole told India Ahead, their aim, was to introduce the “would-be councillors” to residents. Besides that, with many residents from the Northeast starting their own businesses here, he said it became important to talk about the corporation licensing that they can get. “We have many who are entrepreneurs, running their own stores, they require MCD licensing. We just want them to be more aware so they don’t face problems and they get access to it”.

It is as a collective that the BJP leaders from the states will be campaigning to consolidate the votes for the December 4 elections. Be it to the North of the city, like in areas of Outram lines or Indira Vihar or South of the city, in Kotla, Humayanpur or Munirka, the teams have their areas mapped out. The plan is to also have a list of how many voters are actually present in the areas from the North Eastern states.

Khole says they are also pushing to remind people of BJP’s “good work performance in their home states”. Taking the example of Manipur he said, “we have better road connectivity. No bandhs take place. If given chance we will perform even better here”.

The party’s want to get as many people together can also be seen in how they are getting events organized. A former student union member, Phibir Chakma says he was contacted by the BJP to help bring people together for a campaign event. “They were asking me to gather some people from our community before the MCD elections. At the event, our local leaders from Mizoram state would come and interact with them and ask for their votes if they vote in Delhi.”

Chakma, who is no more a part of a union and runs a startup in Delhi, says while he didn’t want to get into political affairs, he decided to help.

The State units of Manipur and Mizoram have tweeted their photos of reaching Delhi to campaign for the MCD elections. Adhikarimayum Sharda Devi, the State BJP president in Manipur on the 20th tweeted about briefing the BJP Manipur team on Delhi Municipal Election Campaign led by General Secretary K Sarat Kumar.

The BJP clearly, has its eyes set on each and every vote it can get. It was the BJP-led Centre which had notified the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022, to reunify the three municipal corporations in the Capital. The reunification which came into effect on May 22, will now see the very first polls since and a vote for 250 councillors to come to power.

The BJP had held the power in the municipal corporations of Delhi for the last 15 years and would want to continue it. From its party president JP Nadda, to Union Defense minister Rajnath Singh it’s a star campaign list fit for the Assembly polls or even the General elections. There’s even word that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, would be campaigning and so would Union home minister Amit Shah, and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Already the party campaigns have seen JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Jitendra Singh and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Assam CM Sarma, as well as Haryana and Uttarakhand chief minister’s, Manohar Lal Khattar and Pushkar Singh Dhami.

Nadda during a rally went for the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government, speaking in particular about the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal stating: “The people of Delhi are tired of the Kejriwal government. It is a government that is drowned in corruption. The number of people gathered here indicates that BJP will be blessed,” he said during the roadshow which ended at South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar.

The Assam CM, instead of focusing on the environment, the state of sewage waste management and the likes, that come under the MCD, spoke of the law against love jihad. He invoked the grissly murder of Shraddha Walkar by her partner Aftab Ameen Poonawala to bring in this aspect of so-called love jihad.

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“Our country doesn’t need Aftab, but a person like Lord Ram, a leader like PM Modi. We need Uniform Civil Code and law against love jihad. We need such laws where Aftabs can be hanged to death,” said Sarma.