Cong to pay attention to 30 seats

Muslim, Dalit vote share high in these areas

The Delhi Congress is going to focus more on 30 seats, with a sizeable presence of Muslim and Dalit voters, out of the 70 Assembly segments in the coming elections.

The mission-30 is aimed at fielding veteran Delhi Congressmen for a serious attempt to retain the eight seats which the party won the last time and other 22 which it lost by a very small margin.

“The remaining 40 seats may see new faces, including youth, film stars and common party workers like street vendors,” said a party leader.
The election managers have divided the 70 seats in three categories – A, B and C.

“The category ‘A’ seats number around 22 and are the ones which the party is most confident of winning. These seats have a healthy presence of Dalit and Muslim voters who have been the party’s traditional base,” said a party leader.

The category ‘A’ seats also include the eight Assembly constituencies which the party won in 2013.

 The category ‘B’ seats which number around seven and eight are those on which the Congress stood third during the last Assembly elections.

The category ‘C’ seats are the Assembly segments on which the party performed badly during the last Assembly and also the Lok Sabha polls.

‘Bold experiments’

“On these seats we are going to go bold with experimentation on candidates. We having nothing to lose on these seats,” said a leader.

The Congress has also activated its social media wing which is innovations like sending free ‘I Support Congress’ stickers to all those who leave a like on its social media pages.

“The social media handles of Delhi Congress were formally launched two days ago,” said Radhika Khera, chairperson, Social Media for the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), The reach of the party’s social media handles has touched one lakh.

Street play teams

The party is also preparing to fan out half a dozen street play teams in the city to “expose” the BJP and the AAP and highlight the development done by the Congress is the city in the last 15 years, said a party leader.  

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has said the Congress should not only showcase its achievements in the city but also strongly expose the ills and negatives of its rivals – the AAP and the BJP.

The party has also started preparations for adding star power to its campaign by planning rallies of ex-Member of Parliament and film star Raj Babbar at the Uttam Nagar Assembly constituency on December 25.

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s chief spokesman Mukesh Sharma said on Christmas the party will also release a “chargesheet” against the BJP and the AAP.

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