New Delhi, Jan 20: In a surprise move which could give the rival AAP a better edge in the upcoming Assembly elections, the BJP has fielded only two Purvanchali candidates as compared to AAP's 11 candidates.
Apart from two-time sitting MLA Anil Jha, the BJP has nominated only one Purvanchali candidate - Gopal Jha from Burari Assembly constituency. The AAP, on the other hand, has fielded Purvanchali candidates in Burari, Badli, Kirari, Shalimar Bagh, Model Town, Vikaspuri, Malviya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Rohtas Nagar, Ghonda and Karawal Nagar constituencies.
A section of BJP workers from Poorvanchal has accused the party of ignoring of the Poorvanchali voters in the city by giving ticket to just two candidates from the community which has more than 60 lakh votes across the Capital.
[Also read: Delhi Assembly polls 2015]
"It is very unfortunate that the party wants support from the people of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttrakhand without ensuring their proper representation. Last time, they had fielded six Poorvanchalis but this time only two," said Rajiv Tiwari, a Poorvanchali leader.
In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had fielded five Poorvanchali candidates, four of whom lost to AAP. The Poorvanchali voters constitute significant 24 per cent voters in Delhi.
The 'Poorvanchali-dominated' seats in Delhi are Burari, Seemapuri, Gokalpuri, Karawal Nagar, Kirari, Badli, Nangloi, Rithala, Matiala, Vikaspuri, Dwarka, Uttam Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Deoli, Badarpur, Tughlakabad, Patparganj, Laxmi Nagar, Wazirpur and Rajinder Nagar.
(With agency inputs)