Promising to once again oppose Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme and take up the issue of acquired lands lying vacant in North-West Delhi, Dalit leader and BJP candidate from the constituency Udit Raj on Friday said he would be going into the polls on a number of issues and while seeking to garner support of a cross section of the population.
Talking to The Hindu after he filed his nominations for the Lok Sabha polls, Dr. Raj exuded confidence that his victory in the elections was almost certain. In the recent Assembly elections, five of the 10 seats in the North-West parliamentary constituency were clinched by the BJP, which Dr. Raj joined last month.
Sharing its border with Haryana, North-West is one of the largest constituencies and also the only reserved seat among the seven of Delhi.
The demography of voters here is primarily made up of Dalits, Jats, Banias, Brahmins, OBCs and Muslims. “I am not going to fighting elections for or appealing to any one particular demography. I will be addressing problems of infrastructure. One particular issue is the huge tract of vacant land in Narela which the DDA has acquired. It is just lying there with nothing being done, I want it to be used for the people and will fight for its development when I win,” he said.
Dr. Raj had taken a stand against the Delhi University’s new four-year undergraduate programme before he joined the BJP. “I will take up this issue and fight for the roll-back of the programme.”
The Aam Aadmi Party had bagged two seats in the Delhi Assembly elections from North-West Delhi, but Dr. Raj does not consider it a real threat. “The AAP is no longer a strong contender and therefore cannot be considered any real competition.
Sitting MP and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath is the Congress candidate. “I do not see any real competition from her either given that the people are not satisfied with her work.”