Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 | Last Update : 05:27 AM IST
Objective is to silence discontent against Delhi party chief Manoj Tiwari.
NEW DELHI: In order to silence discontent against Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, the party has planned a Poorvanchali show of strength in the capital on Sunday.
The Delhi BJP will organise the Poorvanchali Morcha at Talkatora Stadium on January 14.
Considering the might of Poorvanchali voters in the city, the Delhi BJP unit wants to keep its vote bank intact.
Several cabinet ministers and party leaders from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnawaz Hussain, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Ram Kirpal Yadav, Giriraj Singh, Sushil Kumar Modi and Ashwani Chaube, will attend the event.
Considering the might of Poorvanchali voter in the city, the city BJP unit wants to keep its share intact. At Talkatora Stadium, the party is making grand arrangements to welcome more than 15,000 people by holding a mixture of political as well as cultural programmes.
Apart from treating guests with dahi chooda and litti chokha (dishes from Bihar), they will be entertained by Bhojpuri stars such as Khesari Lal Yadav and singers Dimple Singh, Anju Jha and Vikash Jha. Around 40 lakh voters in the city are from Poorvanchal and we are using the festival to reach out to them. Also, the party will celebrate ‘Makar Sankranti’ in the way it is celebrated in Poorvanchal,” Delhi BJP’s Poorvanchal Morcha president Manish Singh told this newspaper.
Meanwhile, a small section of the Delhi BJP is knocking doors of several central leaders for Mr Tiwari’s removal, which the party sees as politically not feasible. “For the first time, we won the trust of more than one- third voters by appointing Mr Tiwari as the Delhi BJP chief in November 2016 and the party cannot take a risk of losing them by removing their favorite face. Those talking about Mr Tiwari’s removal are doing it even without any plan to make up the loss,” said a senior BJP leader.
Mr Tiwari’s appointment resulted in the BJP’s historic victory in the last year municipal polls in which party had won a hat trick.
In Delhi, there are 20 Assembly constituencies or 80 municipal wards that are dominated by Poorvanchalis where they constitute 17 to 47 per cent of the vote share. In the 2013 Assembly polls, Mr Tiwari’s impact in these seats was influential. Mr Tiwari campaigned on 19 of these seats of which 14 came to BJP’s kitty.
The Poorvanchali-dominated seats in Delhi include Burari, Seemapuri, Gokalpuri, Karawal Nagar, Kirari, Badli, Nangloi, Rithala, Matiala, Vikaspuri, Dwarka, Uttam Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Deoli, Badarpur etc.