Poorvanchalis to get bigger slice of ticket pie

Poorvanchalis to get bigger slice of ticket pie

BJP banks on UP, Bihar migrants in Corporation polls

Acknowledging the growing population and clout of Poorvanchalis — migrants from UP and Bihar — the state BJP has decided to give them a bigger share of tickets in the forthcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls.

According to Rameshwar Chaurasia, co-incharge of Delhi BJP, the party has shortlisted 105 Poorvanchali candidates and at least 50 of them will get tickets.
In the last MCD elections, Bharatiya Janata Party had fielded 25 Poorvanchalis and 11 of them had romped home victorious.

“There are 50 lakh Poorvanchalis in Delhi; they cannot be ignored. There is a huge demand of tickets from this section of the population. We have shortlisted 105 candidates. At least 50 of them will be given tickets,” said Chaurasia.

He said BJP will give them due representation in ticket distribution.

‘Dominant population’

While a majority of migrants from UP and Bihar live in east and north-eastern parts of Delhi, several areas such as Najafgarh, Dwarka, Rohini, Nangloi and Narela also have a “dominant population” from Poorvanchal.

On the influence of caste and regional compulsions in ticket distribution, Chaurasia said the party will consider voter composition in neighbouring wards and choose the most powerful worker from one of these wards.

This method will be used before finalising a ticket to a Poorvanchali worker from the ward concerned.

“Tickets to Poorvanchalis will be given in such a way that they are able to influence voters in neighbouring wards as well. For example, if two wards have a dominant Poorvanchali population, then a ticket will be given to a person in a certain ward, who can also influence people to vote for a BJP candidate in the neighbouring ward, regardless of the person’s place of birth or caste,” said Chaurasia.

Unhappy Bihar MLA

Last week, unhappy with the minimal representation of Poorvanchali leaders in the BJP election committee, BJP MLA Anil Jha had met party national president Nitin Gadkari to register his protest. Jha is from Bihar.

Apart from Poorvanchalis, workers from Uttarakhand, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Punjab are also demanding a bigger share in ticket distribution. It will be a herculean task for the BJP election committee to satisfy the regional aspirations in various wards. Success depends on keeping all the blocks happy.

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