Punctuality not a virtue for BJP’s capital campaigners

In fact, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has been forced to intervene and request leaders to arrive for events on time.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2014 3:18 am
BJP leader Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was three hours late for a meeting in Trilokpuri on Monday. (Source: Express photo) BJP leader Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was three hours late for a meeting in Trilokpuri on Monday. (Source: Express photo)

As Delhi stares at Assembly elections, political warfare is at its peak. But, in this season of rallies and campaigning, the BJP seems to be facing a peculiar problem as most of its MPs have been turning up late for events.

The party, which plans to have more than 300 of its MPs hold rallies in Delhi, has expressed particular concern over the matter as it believes that arriving late for an event hampers the process of connecting with maximum voters.

In fact, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has been forced to intervene and request leaders to arrive for events on time.

Speaking to Newsline, Upadhyay said, “In a meeting every week, we take stock of the Swachhta Abhiyan, social media and, most importantly, the nukkad meetings held by MPs in the capital. We received information that MPs were turning up late at these meetings as many of them are occupied at Parliament. Many even wait for their questions to be taken up. But we have communicated this. Things will improve now,” Upadhyay said.

On Monday night, the meeting at Trilokpuri held by Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti began almost three hours late. Same was the case at the meeting at Valmiki Basti in R K Puram, where Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj, turned up two-and-a-half hours late. The meeting in-charge there had to request people not to leave the venue.

Leaders feel that being late affects the party’s prospect in the area as it sends a wrong message to the common man.

“People and workers are impatient, they come to listen to the MPs. When MPs are late, local leaders take the stage. But people are curious about the MPs because they meet and listen to the local leaders more often. We know that these nukkad meetings are a success but people expect the leaders to come on time,” a senior leader said.

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