Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The former Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly and BJP candidate from West Delhi, Jagdish Mukhi, began his campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the rural area of Najafgarh on Sunday and declared that rising prices and corruption will be the main issues on which his party would concentrate.

Prof. Mukhi blamed the Congress-led Governments in Delhi and at the Centre for the rise in the prices of essential commodities and said he would be contesting the poll on this issue that has affected all sections of society. The BJP leader called upon the people to teach the Congress a lesson by supporting him and the party.

Prof. Mukhi also raised local issues and said basic amenities were missing in West Delhi and people were facing an acute shortage of electricity, water and sewerage network. Incidentally while the Congress is yet to announce its candidate for the West Delhi seat, Prof. Mukhi’s campaign in the Najafgarh area assumes significance since the BJP had given him the ticket ahead of Jat leader and son of former Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma, Parvesh. By winning over the Jat and rural votes and retaining the dominant Punjabi vote in West Delhi, Prof. Mukhi can expect to put up a good show considering West Delhi is the only parliamentary seat in Delhi where the BJP had polled more votes than the Congress in the Assembly elections held in November 2008.