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Delhi BJP to hold meetings with RWAs in city

Senior party leaders believe if BJP can win over RWAs in Delhi, half the battle in the polls would be won.

Anticipating polls in the capital in the next few months the Delhi BJP unit is organising a series of public meetings, beginning with meeting Resident Welfare Associations in the city.

Senior party leaders believe that if the BJP can successfully win over RWAs in Delhi, half the battle in the polls would be won.

Despite senior leaders claiming they are ready for polls, even if they are conducted tomorrow, the party cadre believes that preparation for the elections should begin as soon as possible. “On Saturday, one of the RWAs in the city invited people to interact with Delhi BJP unit chief Satish Upadhyay. More such programmes will be held in the next few days…,” a senior party leader said.

This is not the first time the Delhi BJP is interacting with RWAs. After the BJP (at the Centre) came under criticism for the Delhi Budget, the Delhi unit organised the “Chai Pe Charcha” programme to explain the Budget to the common people. RWAs were invited to the programme as well, party officials said.

Meanwhile, BJP MLAs and councillors have been asked to pitch in and start preparations in their respective areas if elections are announced. “There has been a lot of focus on public contact after AAP secured 28 seats in Delhi in the last Assembly elections. We might have lost touch with the common people for a while, but we feel we have regained it after the BJP’s clean sweep during the Lok Sabha elections…,” a senior MLA said.

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It was former chief minister Sheila Dikshit who started the ‘Bhagidari’ system, that led to the creation of RWAs. The system aimed at promoting civic participation in local governance to make it more transparent and efficient.