‘Ab tak indirect pyaar kiya hai… ab direct pyaar kar ke dekh lo’

In unauthorised colonies,BJP’s Harsh Vardhan reaches out to Muslims.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: December 2, 2013 3:07:20 am

When BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan made his way through the narrow streets of Rani Garden,an unauthorised colony,its large Muslims population was waiting with garlands to greet him.

When he addressed them,he made an appeal: “Aap log mujhe mohabbat puri karte ho par vote dene mein kanjoosi karte ho. Ab tak indirect pyaar kiya hai,ab direct pyaar bhi kar ke dekh lo (You have deep love for me but you are stingy when it comes to votes. Till now,you have loved me indirectly. This election,show me your love directly).”

Just 15 minutes later,he was in a group housing society,Taj Enclave,where residents had gathered in a hall to listen to him.  

“I got 14 votes from your community last time and I have your love. Now,I want you to have faith in me. I have known the BJP for the last 40 years and we believe that there is no difference between any religion or god. Despite that,I did not get votes from you. Unlike the Congress,I have never ignored your problems whenever you have approached me. Even if you don’t vote for me,I will remain committed since working for you is my duty. I am not doing any favours by performing my duty well,” he told residents.

Both are key constituencies for the BJP leader. But his visits had to be cut short as several other constituencies and events were waiting for him.  

His next stop was Geeta Colony,where he made his address from a temple. Batting on his clean image,he told supporters that he had never done something to make his voters hang their heads in shame.

“As an MLA,I have never done anything wrong,and I can promise that even as chief minister,I will make you proud,” Harsh Vardhan said.

Even with a Narendra Modi rally being scheduled in the evening,the doctor made sure that he found time for every one,even if it was a five-minute appearance.

He was welcomed everywhere he went — New Krishna Nagar,Shashtri Park,Sarojini Naidu Park,Radhapuri,Karkardooma and New Govindpura.  

Just ahead of the last venue,a colony in his constituency Krishna Nagar,Harsh Vardhan’s car gots stuck in traffic. He stepped out of his car and walked to the place where the doctor fraternity had organised a padyatra,leaving his security staff far behind.  

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