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Plot to power: Rakab Ganj Road

While the office of the principal opposition party,BJP,at Ashok Road continues to be a centre of activity in one of the busiest streets in Central Delhi...

Congress and BSP offices located opposite each other have made the otherwise sleepy stretch a hub of activity ahead of Lok Sabha polls

While the office of the principal opposition party,BJP,at Ashok Road continues to be a centre of activity in one of the busiest streets in Central Delhi,an otherwise sleepy stretch of the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj road has emerged as a political hotspot in the last week or two.

At the recently inaugurated Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) office on Rakab Ganj Marg,a huge billboard of Mayawati greets every passer-by. Armed commandos make the place completely out of bounds for outsiders.

But then,this is not the only building on the road that is so heavily guarded. Opposite the BSP office is the ‘control room’ of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) that has been set up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,making Rakab Ganj one of the most important “power roads” in Delhi.

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With Mayawati in the city and Congress bigwigs planning election strategy in the ‘control room’,the two addresses are the centres of activities that will impact the shape of the next government.

Outside the BSP office sit two vendors who sell posters of party leaders,stickers,Behenji Chalisa and CDs of Mayawati’s speeches.

On Sunday,when Mayawati visited Delhi for a press conference and a dinner party with Third Front leaders,security was tightened and not many people were allowed to enter the office premises. The party office was inaugurated just a couple of days ago and is still undergoing construction. According to sources,it is going to be one of the grandest party offices in Delhi.

Compared to the BSP office building,the AICC office across the street looks rather routine,though several top names are regularly marking their attendance. Ahmad Patel,Mukul Wasnik,JP Aggarwal and Satyavrat Chaturvedi are some of the leaders who pay a visit every evening to discuss their plans and strategies.

Called the “war zone”,the house was earlier allotted to Outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar but the name of the present allottee remains undisclosed. The Congress chooses such a house for making strategies every election. The “war zone” was earlier set up in Lodhi Road and South Avenue.

The office remains shut for other political workers and admission is strictly on the basis of appointments,very similar to the BSP office. This makes it look distant from the AICC office at Akbar Road where more that 500 people from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are assembled at present to obtain a ticket for their representatives.

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