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To break into BJP bastion,Tirath goes for youth power

Congress candidate from Northwest Delhi Krishna Tirath has chalked out a separate strategy for Rohini. A BJP stronghold for long,Rohini Assembly seat is represented by BJP’s Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi |
April 14, 2009 12:25:37 am

Congress candidate from Northwest Delhi Krishna Tirath has chalked out a separate strategy for Rohini. A BJP stronghold for long,Rohini Assembly seat is represented by BJP’s Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal. Besides,BJP Chandni Chowk candidate Vijender Gupta also boasts of a following there.

To break into this BJP bastion,Tirath has roped in 100 young party workers. The young team comprises Yuva Congress’s block presidents and secretaries,Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) members,and DU students living in Rohini.

These youths will go door-to-door to meet Rohini residents and contact senior citizens in parks,RWA members,market associations and traders.

“The block presidents will tell residents and shopkeepers about our candidate and party policies,” Deepak Chaudhary,NSUI Delhi unit vice president and former DUSU joint secretary,said. “It will be like a chain of party workers working round the clock,holding regular meetings with residents in parks,RWA offices,playgrounds,markets and other places.”

With a mix of traders,businessmen and service class people,Rohini has over 1.25 lakh votes. But the BJP has a winning history. In Assembly elections last year,Aggarwal defeated the Congress candidate with a margin of around 30,000 votes.

“The voters know whom to vote for. But we have to tell them that this is a national election and about the benefits of electing the Congress,” party worker Jagdish Yadav said.

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