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Unnerved by personal attacks, Tiwari firm on putting up tough fight against opponents

New Delhi: Even after AAP's North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey sought votes for himself and asked people not to vote for a "singer-dancer" like Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi BJP chief seems unnerved by such personal attacks on his art and hard work. With just two days to go for the polls in Delhi, the saffron party has concluded that it remains unbothered by the alliance storm that both the Congress and AAP had kicked up. Irrespective of who was responsible for the alliance's fall, the BJP has resolved to put up a tough fight against both its major opposition parties.

Responding to allegations from the AAP camp, Tiwari had said that while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his entourage had intended the "singer-dancer" remark as an insult, the sizeable Poorvanchali population in North East Delhi has not responded accordingly. With a large part of the voting population in Tiwari's constituency being Poorvanchali, they seem to have taken it as a challenge to elect him and prove AAP wrong. It seems that Tiwari is proving too tough for his opponents in the Poorvanchali-heavy constituency.

According to age-old poet Tulsidas, people of a group tend to be charged-up when their own are insulted, and this will come true in all likelihood when the Capital goes to polls on May 12. The fact that former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit contesting against Tiwari will also not be able to sway voters in the area. This is purely because Tiwari has connected with Poorvanchali people on an emotional level that no other candidate could possibly achieve.

Moreover, popular Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary campaigning for Tiwari in NE Delhi has lent her support for the saffron party in large numbers. And the combined campaign efforts from both Tiwari and Chaudhary have turned AAP's belittling attack into something Poorvanchalis can be proud of. Taking inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tiwari has made sure AAP's insults reach all of the Poorvanchali population in Delhi, which has resulted in massive support from the community for the Delhi BJP chief. And this is exemplified by Tiwari's comment, saying that people of Delhi will teach Congress and AAP a lesson when the results come out on May 23.

Further, it seems very clear that while both Congress and AAP are busy blaming each other, the electorate in Delhi will focus on voting for a party that can get work done, especially ones relating to outstanding development.

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