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‘Poorvanchalis miffed with BJP, tilting towards AAP’

Poorvanchalis who had supported the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls are miffed with the party have on Thursday pledged support for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party after the saffron party failed to give them enough representation in the form of tickets for the February 7 Delhi assembly polls.

The migrants from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh are called Poorvanchalis and as per reports there are 40 lakh voters from the region and their population in Delhi is pegged at 70 lakh. They had played a prominent role in BJP’s victory during the May 14, 2014 polls but are now upset with the party and the Congress.

“In the last Lok Sabha polls, we had favored BJP and the party had assured to field at least one dozen candidates in assembly polls. Announcement of names of three candidates is setback for us as our demand has been rejected at all. Their (BJP) claim to give three tickets is eyewash as Kirari candidate has never been considered from our fold. The Congress party which has got support on various occasions has also been exposed. This time we will be towards AAP as it has ensured maximum representation by fielding 14 candidates from various nooks of the state,” said Narendra Singh of Poorvanchal Ekta Sanghathan.

Despite having substantial presence that will tilt the result in as many as 27 seats in the national capital, both parties have deliberately denied tickets to Poorvanchali candidates, said Singh.  Advocating the representation of such candidates, the organizations said that they will prefer to vote for AAP’s Poorvanchali candidates as the party has given them adequate representation.

Lists announced by the major political parties also ascertain claims of migrants from UP and Bihar. The BJP, which had bagged all seven Lok Sabha seats with very much support of migrants, have fielded three Poorvanchalis, two less than previous assembly elections. The party has given tickets to Gopal Jha from Brurari, Sanjay Singh from Vikash Puri and Anil Jha, sitting MLA from Kirari. The Congress party has fielded Mahabal Mishra, lone candidate from Dwarka seat, denying tickets to dozens of migrant aspirants.

“Delhi compromises more than 30 per cent population of migrants from UP and Bihar who play key role electing representative. The parties promise to give representation but fail to deliver the same on all occasions. Only AAP has ensured proper representation and this time we will prefer to vote the party in majority,” said Dheeraj Jha of Bihar Sanskriti Manch.
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