With an eye on the Assembly elections later this year, the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party is wooing Purvanchali voters with the promise of declaring ‘Chhath’ festival a public holiday if voted to power. The party also said that it will focus on providing them affordable housing, ration and Aadhar cards.
Addressing a “Purvanchal Sammelan” here on Wednesday, former BJP president and Delhi poll in-charge Nitin Gadkari said: “The BJP will declare a public holiday on the occasion of Chhath when it comes to power in Delhi. Despite the decade-old demand of more than 40 lakh people from Purvanchal demanding the declaration of a public holiday on this day, the Delhi Government did not pay heed to this.”
Mr. Gadkari said the Purvanchalis have always been humiliated and neglected by the Congress government.
“Purvanchalis have contributed immensely in the dissemination of ideas and ideology of the BJP across the country and the party will always remain grateful to them for this. We are also aware of the humiliation and neglect that you have suffered at the hands of the Delhi Government in the past 15 years. The time has come to avenge it. Make sure that not a single Purvanchali vote goes to the Congress in the coming elections,” he said.
He also promised medical benefits.
“When the party comes to power, the 40 lakh poor people residing in Delhi will be given medical benefits under free health insurance scheme,” said Mr. Gadkari.
Other senior leaders, including Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, slammed the Congress government for neglecting the Purvanchalis.
“Delhi's progress would not have been possible without the hard work of the Purvanchalis. But the Delhi Chief Minister has attacked their dignity and honour by saying that they are responsible for the problems of Delhi. The Purvanchalis should give a befitting reply to the Congress government,” Mr. Goel said.