Instead, BJP’s Kaushambi MP and Purvanchal leader Vinod Kumar Sonkar referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “national and international achievements”. Delhi’s elections, he explained, were not “just about Delhi’s issues”.
The rally had initially intended to have Sonkar and East Delhi MP Maheish Girri. But Girri couldn’t make it due to “problems of coordination”, as per the local BJP unit. Speaking at the Janta flats near Chilla Village in Trilokpuri Assembly segment, Sonkar defended Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
“The Congress doesn’t have any issues. She apologised and so did the Prime Minister of the country. Now they want a resignation, because they have no issues upon which to contest the BJP.”
He added that “Delhi elections aren’t just about Delhi’s issues… water and electricity. The entire country is closely watching, waiting to see in which direction Delhi votes”.
The violence at Trilokpuri had continued for three days, while stones were pelted and shops were burnt. Thirteen were injured, eight with bullet wounds. In the aftermath of the incident, the BJP, AAP and Congress all alleged “political conspiracy” to polarise the votes in the area. No such allegations were made on Thursday.
Instead, Sonkar said the Opposition had tried to wrongly implant the fear that Narendra Modi would be anti-Muslim. “But now six months into the government, what work has it done, what has it said or what scheme has it started which is anti-Muslim? …What will the Congress say about communal violence. During its tenure, over a lakh riots happened.”
In a speech where the AAP was criticised for “running away from their responsibilities” and the Congress for “stopping development”, Sonkar listed Modi’s achievements in terms of national security and foreign policy.
“Ever since BJP has come into power, ceasefire violations are met strongly and forcefully and they have stopped,” he said while adding that, “While Congress was in power, even a country like Bangladesh… whose independence we helped bring about… sir kaatke humare sipahiyo ke chale jaate the (chop the heads of our soldiers and walk off).”
In stark contrast to Sonkar, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, addressing a rally at Malviya Nagar, promised “bijli, paani, sadak aur swasthya (electricity, water, roads and healthcare)”.
“In the little time that I have been part of the government, I have tried to solve the problems of sewage and water. Vote for BJP in majority numbers and we will bring development to the capital,” she said.