LS polls: It's bijli-sadak-pani for AAP; BJP-Cong to bank on Central agendas
NEW DELHI: With the ruling AAP likely to announce its Lok Sabha poll candidates by February first week, Delhi is all set to witness the triangular contest this year. The AAP will aim at "Bijli, Sadak, Paani" related to Delhi government's achievements, Congress poll plank would be universal Basic Income and BJP will talk about the achievements of PM Narendra Modi-led Centre.
The party sources said that for all the parties, the West Delhi seat has become a bit tough in terms of deciding the candidate. AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai told Millennium Post, " We are now reviewing the work of our Lok Sabha in-charges, thereafter the final list will be prepared."
He added that the booth-level work of the AAP made a lot of impact among people and also the party is hopeful that the door to door campaign of the party would be its strong point. "The first phase of the campaign should be based on the door to door campaign and later we will do rallies," said Rai. Meanwhile, the AAP observed last week that it will not give party tickets to its sitting MLAs and ministers in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Rai, who heads AAP's Delhi unit, said that party candidates for the general elections in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana will be announced "well before" the notification of the polls.
Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP has planned to keep its focus on preaching about the Center's developmental work and the leaders have also planned to counter AAP through putting out "lies" of the Delhi government. The leader of Opposition in BJP, Vijender Gupta, said that CM Kejriwal is telling a white lie with regard to regularization of unauthorized colonies and development works therein. It has miserably failed to deliver its promises. "In its manifesto, AAP had promised that within one year of its Government formation, these unauthorized colonies will be regularized and residents will be given ownership rights," said Gupta.
Amid the BJP-AAP's ongoing fights, newly appointed Delhi Pradesh Congress president Sheila Dikhshit aimed at making the party stronger from the base. However, she also said that the party would tell people about guaranteeing a "minimum income" of the poor. "This will be a revolutionary step to change the lives of the poor people, as such a scheme has not been implemented by any government anywhere in the world, to the best of her knowledge," said Dikshit. She also said that 140 million people were lifted out of poverty between 2004 and 2014 when the Congress-led UPA Government was at the Centre. "Now we should make a determined effort to wipe out poverty in India", Dikshit added.