A decade after becoming a member of politics, Manoj Tiwari is seen as one of many contenders for the highest publish in Delhi if the BJP wins Saturday’s meeting elections — not less than by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The BJP, which gained solely three seats within the 2015 election, has not introduced a candidate but, sticking to its time-tested coverage of contesting elections underneath the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Celebration, which has been often sniping on the BJP over the lacunae, had put the identify of the state BJP chief identify on the forefront of the big hoarding it put up, in a dig on the occasion.
Among the many first to carry up the difficulty was Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who stated the BJP would contest elections underneath Manoj Tiwari’s management and “relaxation solely after making him the Chief Minister”. AAP instantly stated predicted a fair larger victory for itself than 2015.
The vastly in style former star of Bhojpuri movies had beat Congress’s three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from North East Delhi in final yr’s parliamentary elections.
Although not a contestant on this election, he featured prominently on the listing of the occasion’s star campaigners. The BJP is anticipating him to ship the assist of the large migrant inhabitants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, for whom Bhojpuri movies are a giant draw.
Mr Tiwari, since he took cost of the Delhi unit of the occasion in 2013, has stored the BJP within the headlines, with common run-ins with AAP on Twitter.
A defamation case was filed in opposition to him after he accused AAP of inflicting a Rs 2000 crore “rip-off” within the building of presidency faculties within the nationwide capital.
Manoj Tiwari had began his stint in politics with the Samajwadi Celebration, contesting from Yogi Adityanath’s bastion Gorakhpur in 2009. He had misplaced. Earlier than the following Lok Sabha election rolled round, he was with the BJP.
Contesting from North West Delhi, he defeated Aam Aadmi Celebration’s Anand Kumar.