The trick to crack the upcoming Delhi elections, say senior Bharatiya Janata Party members, is early announcement of candidates so the focus can then be on effective canvassing across the various constituencies. Former national president and Delhi poll in-charge Nitin Gadkari was last week urged to release the list before the inauspicious time sets in on September 20.
In a letter, former MLA and election core group member Vijay Jolly has requested Mr. Gadkari to take note that ‘pitrapaksh’ or ‘shraddh’ begins later this month. “Please take note that ‘pitrapaksh’ or ‘shraddh’ starts from September 20. It will last for a fortnight after that and this time is not ideal…” states the letter. Mr. Jolly had further requested that the election committee meet as early as Monday and Tuesday this week to deliberate on the list of candidates.
Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP led by Vijay Goel has reacted sharply to the hike in CNG and PNG prices and demanded an immediate roll-back. The party announced the launch of an agitation on Monday against the ruling-Congress if the hike is not done away with. A demonstration will be held in East Delhi in collaboration with auto rickshaw drivers, party sources said.
“The hike will impact commuters, buses, auto rickshaws, taxis and private vehicle owners. The government had got all its policies wrong and is moving towards discouraging the use of clean fuel like CNG. This will further enhance pollution in the city,” said Mr. Goel. He added that the increase in price of PNG will only add to the financial burden of families struggling under high inflation.
“The Delhi government has not intervened even once to provide a respite to the residents from these price hikes. All that the Chief Minister and her Cabinet colleagues do is expressing their helplessness to react on any such issue!” he added.
In East Delhi, Krishna Nagar MLA Harsh Vardhan addressed party workers and area residents on Sunday and said that a long pending demand for a multi-level parking cum shopping complex at Lal Quarter has been met. The nine-storey parking-cum-commercial complex, slated to be the highest building in East Delhi, will hold 275 vehicles and will be built at a cost of project is Rs.23.85 crore.
Please take note that ‘pitrapaksh’ or ‘shraddh’ starts from September 20. It will last for a fortnight after that and this time is not ideal…