Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Reflecting the kind of importance the BJP is according to the New Delhi Assembly constituency from where Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit would be facing Saket MLA and BJP candidate Vijay Jolly, the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Monday convened a meeting of the area party office-bearers at his residence.

The meeting, attended by hundreds of party workers, was addressed by Professor Malhotra, Mr. Jolly and cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad whose wife Poonam had contested the Assembly election against Ms. Dikshit from Gole Market in 2003.

Professor Malhotra said the party wants to take the fight to Ms. Dixit and that is why it had fielded a firebrand leader against her. Noting that Mr. Jolly had always worked for the common man, he said throughout his Delhi University days he had been fighting for their causes and this quality should hold him in good stead now.

Lesson learnt

Mr. Azad mentioned that that there was one lesson he had learnt from his wife’s defeat at the hands of Ms. Dikshit last time. “Ms. Dikshit had hoodwinked the people and created divisions in the political class in order to win her election,” he said, adding that even some BJP workers had been won over through allurements.

“But now,” he said, “people would not be fooled. They have seen that she seldom visits the constituency and that she has only been making false promises.”

Recalling that Ms. Dikshit had first come to power by raising the onion crisis, he said over the years she had only projected that development was her main plank while the fact remained that people had only been cheated on this pretext in the past ten years.