New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) With elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly just a few weeks away, the ruling Congress and the opposition Bhartiya Janta Party are going all out to woo the people from Poorvanchal and Bihar, who constitute a sizeable vote bank in the forthcoming polls.
This year's Chhat festival, which symoblises the cultural heritage of Poorvanchalis and Biharis, saw leaders of the two main political parties trying their best to attract the votes of Poorvanchalis in the city, which comprise nearly 40 lakh people in Delhi.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who visited the various Chhat Ghats to convey her greetings and best wishes to devotees and offer prayers, talked about the work done by her Government for benefit of the community in the city, including establishment of a separate Maithili Bhojpuri Akademi.
Ms Dikshit noted that the establishment of the Maithili Bhojpuri Akademi has been widely applauded by Poorvanchalis in Delhi.
''They have contributed substantially in development of Delhi.
They are backbone of our Congress Party which is committed to accelerate pace of development,'' Ms Dikshit said and expressed confidence that Poorvanchali community would continue to ensure its blessings and cooperation to her Party.
On the other hand, BJP chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Vijay Kumar Malhotra used the occasion of Chhat festival for criticising the state government for ignoring the interests of the Poorvanchalis.
Offering his prayers on the occasion, Mr Malhotra charged the Congress Giovernment of step motherly treatment towards the Poorvanchalis.
He said the Delhi Chief Minister had sometime ago said the people of UP and Bihar were a burden on Delhi.
''She had said these people of UP and Bihar take over their supremacy on the basic amenities after settling in Delhi and due to this, the whole structure of basic amenities in Delhi has been destroyed,'' Mr Malhotra said.
Alleging that due to a conspiracy, the voter ID cards and ration cards of Poorvanchalis settled in Delhi were not made, Prof Malhotra assured the Poorvanchalis that their voter ID cards and ration cards would be made very soon.
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