Congress MP and three-time MLA Mahabal Mishra (61), who is contesting from the West Delhi constituency, turned to metaphors and similes to describe to hit out at his opponents ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
He called his BJP rival from the same constituency Parvesh Singh Sahib “ a photocopy” while he is an “original”.
Mishra said, “Parvesh Singh Sahib is a photocopy. He carries around the certificate of his father while I am an original. Comparing me to my two contenders (Jarnail Singh and Parvesh Singh Sahib) is like, while they are only enrolling for nursery admission, I am already a graduate,” the veteran leader of the Congress.
Mocking AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his promises, Mishra said, “Kejriwal made good promises. By assuring people that he would provide 50 per cent cut in electricity bills and free water, Kejriwal is promising something like he will get the sun to provide light and the moon to cool people so they don’t require coolers and fans.”
The leader did not spare Modi either. Speaking at a public meeting in Najafgarh recently, Mishra said, “Modi, Keshu Bhai Patel, Sanjay Joshi ko kha gaya. Ab ki baar, woh BJP ko kha jayega. Modi apne aapko Modi sarkar ke roop mein bech raha hai, naaki BJP sarkar. (Modi destroyed Keshu Bhai Patel and Sanjay Joshi. This time, he will destroy the BJP. He sells himself as the Modi government and not as the BJP government)”.
“BJP candidates are seeking votes for Modi and not for themselves. They don’t know what they are in for,” he said.
Mishra is contesting from a constituency which accounts for a large percentage of Purvanchalis and Sikhs.
But Mishra said his campaign is not centred on seeking votes based on caste and that he does not believe in community politics. “All 36 castes will vote for me. They believe in my work. I brought the Metro and the roads. Until I was elected an MLA, there was no development in this area. There were no roads connecting the city to Najafgarh. Can any other party provide this? People here too have realised that it’s time they voted for development and not a representative of their community,” Mishra said.