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We will offer 5 times more subsidy than AAP: Manoj Tiwari

BJP's Manoj Tiwari says that the CAA protests will hurt AAP and Congress as these parties are spreading rumours and stoking violence.

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2020, 11.24 PM IST
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BJP’s Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari tells Prerna Katiyar in an interview that the CAA protests will hurt AAP and Congress as these parties are spreading rumours and stoking violence. Edited excerpts:

How many seats will BJP win?
Our internal survey says we will win 45-46 seats.

But BJP won only three seats in 2015. Why will people leave AAP for BJP now?
See, 2015 is different from 2020. In 2015, Arvind Kejriwal was not tested. But in 2020, he has been tested and he has failed. If voted to power, we will give minimum five times more subsidies and benefits than what AAP has given.

Won’t the controversy around the CAA hurt BJP?
CAA protests will hurt AAP and Congress as these parties that are spreading rumours and stoking violence. For the first time, we are seeing a ruling party spreading unrest and the opposition trying to calm people down. Even yesterday ( Jan 14), I met a group of people of the minority community who said their children were misled and they had made a mistake by taking part in the protests. They wanted our help. People understand who is behind the protests.

AAP’s slogan says Kejriwal gave Delhi five good years so give him five more. How is BJP countering this?
We do not want to go into an attack-counterattack mode. We will fight the elections on the slogan ‘Bahut hua Dilli ka nuksaan, aayiye Bhajapa ke saath karte hain samadhan (Delhi has lost a lot, now let’s find solution with BJP)’. We gave houses to those living in unauthorised slums much before elections. We are working silently towards our aim. AAP is busy targeting only Manoj Tiwari. That is why I keep saying half of my campaigning work is being done by Kejriwal himself.

Then why did you file a defamation suit of Rs. 500 crore against Kejriwal?
That is my majdoori that he owes me. They have capitalised on my brand by using my videos and songs without permission.

What can people of Delhi expect from BJP?
We have made some key promises: a Yamuna riverfront in four years, tap water connection to every household in three and a half years, 70% cut in pollution within one and a half years, introduction of 5,000 CNG and electric buses in two years and infrastructure work that will start showing results in 8-10 months. Right now the main engine for development, the Delhi government, is with the opposition. But the Centre and local subsidiaries (civic bodies) are BJP’s. Our job will get all the more easier once BJP wins in Delhi.

But BJP has no CM face in Delhi. Won’t it hurt the party?
Not going with any face is a strategy we have used many times. And I am not authorised to speak on this.

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